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Radio — Television — FM — Communications 
2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

Robert D. Heinl, Editor 





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Kimball is New V-P in Charge of Colonial Radio 0 e.« 

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Mackay Calls Press Wireless Government Bid "Nebulous" *.»«..•o«•.. 

"G-D" FM Tower to Almost Top Washington Monument ... 

Ft. Industry Zanesville Sale Foreshadows Detroit Outlet 

Wireless Current to Autos on Russian Roads Reported ....* 

New Radio Receiver Found; Metal Strip Tiny as a Pin 0 .. c. .... * 

Transparent Cabinet Shows How New Television Works . . .. 

White New Republican Boss - Commerce Group Head in Doubt ......... 

Confident High Court Will Over-rule Petrillo ........ ...... . 

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No. 1756 





January 1, 1947 


An idea where Representative Joseph Martin, Jr c , Republican 
of Massachusetts, stated to be the next Speaker of the House of 
Representatives stands with regard to radio or any other kind of 
censorship may be gathered from his message dedicating Basil Brewer*s 
frequency modulation station at New Bedford, Mass a 

"This is the first FM station to be opened in New England 
since before the War" Representative Martin declared from Washington. 

"It is the latest vehicle for keeping the people informed, 
and it can 3 t be too often emphasized that a free people, in order to 
remain free, must be kept informed - must be told the trutho" 

Governor Tobin of Massachusetts spoke from his home and 
Mr 0 Brewer, publisher of the New Bedford Standard-Times , responded to 
the various greetings on behalf of E c Anthony and Sons, Inc., owners 
of WFMR and WNBH, New Bedford,, 

Messages were read from U„ S, Senators David I. Walsh and 
Leverett Saltonstall, Congressman Charles L» Gifford of Massachusetts, 
Charles R. Denny, FCC chairman; Major Edwin H„ Armstrong FM inventor; 
Mark Woods, president of American Broadcasting Company, and numerous 
other notables. 

In his acknowledgment Mr. Brewer, as did Representative 
Martin, also emphasized the importance of safeguarding free speech, 
saying in part: 

"Only in America has radio become so uniformly popular and 
available that every star of song and screen is received as a well- 
known household friend. 

"In America., dedicated to no ism, Fascism or Communism or 
otherwise, the greatest discovery of mankind has been made—that in 
liberty only is there power, greatness and happiness; that in the 
momentary strength of despotism there is, in the end, only despair and 

"From our freedom springs our faith in things of this earth 
and the world to come. 

"Freedom of speech, radio and the press? Yes. Freedom of 
religion? Yes. 

"Freedom from fear? No, Rather freedom TO fear—the just 
consequences of our mistakes and the wrongdoing. 

"Freedom from WANT? No. But freedom to work, to create, 
to risk today to gain tomorrow; this under a Government which is our¬ 



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"And above all we have that freedom and responsibility to de 
fend our liberty from its enemies, within and without, including those 
malingering maggots who try to take advantage of our freedoms to de¬ 
stroy our liberties and to establish themselves here as heads of an 
alien dictatorship 0 11 

Directly referring to WFMR Mr 0 Brewer said: 

"be dedicate here today something new in radio, so far as 
this section is concerned, and new, comparatively, in the country. 

It was -an American, Major Edwin'H. Armstrong, who invented and de¬ 
veloped this new thing in radio, Frequency Modulation,, 

"A typical representative of American free enterprise, a 
successful, busy man, Major Armstrong, professor of electrical 
engineering at Columbia University, devoted his full time, energies 
and business enterprises, without charge, to winning the war c 

"Charles R. Denny, Chairman of the FCC, who sent us a kind 
message is a very important man in radio 0 He just has been appointed 
by President Truman to be chairman of the Federal Communications 
Commission, from which stems the blessing which is WFMR ! s, its license 
to exist and its opportunity to serve you now and in the years to come 
It was most gracious of Mr* Denny to assist us in making our bow," 

WFMR is now broadcasting programs from studios in The 
Standard-Times Building* 

11 The equipment is performing admirably," William R.Hutchins, 
station manager, reported. fi We still are experimenting, however, and 
changes vail be made as improvements occur c 

"WFMR received one of the first FM transmitters to be manu¬ 
factured by RCA since the end of the war c The 250-watt unit was 
shipped here 'in pieces, 1,1 Mr 0 Hutchins said* Station engineers 
assembled the transmitter and installed it* The 35-foot antenna atop 
the First National Bank Building was constructed from a design by 
Otto F. A e Arnold, station engineering consultant. 

Has 15-Mile Radius 

"The antenna is performing as predicted," Mr. Hutchins 
stated, "and it radiates the equivalent of 650 watts power. Increase 
over the 250-watt transmitter is a result of the antenna design." 

Reception area of WFMR covers approximately a 15-mile radius 
from New Bedford, 

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Louis S. Kimball, general manager fluorescent fixture divi¬ 
sion, Sylvania Electric Prod_ucts Inc „, has been elected vice president 
in charge of operations of Colonial Radio Corporation, it was announced. 
Allen H, Gardner, president of Colonial, which is a wholly-owned 
Sylvania Electric subsidiary said that Mr. Kimball will make his head¬ 
quarters at the main office of Colonial, Buffalo, Nexv York. Colonial, 
a leading manufacturer of private-brand radio receiving sets, also 
has plants at Bloomington, Illinois and Riverside, California,, 

Mr* Kimball came with Sylvania in 1942 as manager of the 
fluorescent fixture plant at Ipswich, Massachusetts; was put in charge 
of manufacturing for the fixture division in 1944; and was made 
general manager of the fixture division in October 1945 c Previous to 
his employment with Sylvania, Kimball was General Sales Manager of 
the New England Frigidaire Division of General Motors, with which 
company he was associated for sixteen years. He is a graduate of 
Dartmouth, Class of j 25 0 

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gene McDonald ducks Chicago mayorality draft 

"That was their idea - not mine. I have no political 

Thus Gene McDonald, president of the Zenith Radio Corporation, 
countered when sounded out by Republican leaders to learn if he would 
consider making the race for Mayor of Chicago against the Democratic 
candidate Martin Kennelly. 

Commander McDonald also came into the news last week 
through an experience much closer to his regular business - one 
which made him realize the great value of the auto-telephones in 
emergencies. It was while he was enroute from his factory to his 
home in Chicago. 

McDonald 1 s new two-way frequency modulation telephone had 
just been installed in his car, and he was driving with it for the 
first time. Half way home, on Fullerton Avenue, he saitf the body of 
a child wriggling in the middle of the car tracks, having just been 
hit by another automobile. He saw that two or three people we re 
running toward the boy, so McDonald picked up his receiver, was con¬ 
nected with the police, and asked for a police car with a stretcher. 

Not over three minutes elapsed before a squad car was there 
and the boy picked up out of the road, placed on a stretcher, and 
started for a hospital. 

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All America Cables and Radio Inc c , The Commercial Cable 
Company and Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company - operating sub¬ 
sidiaries of the American Cable and Radio Corporation - have filed 
with the Commission their proposed findings involving the application 
of Press Wireless., Inc c for a continuation on a regular basis of 
special temporary war time authorizations to handle "government" 
traffico In May 1945 the Commission ordered a cancellation of such 
temporary authorisations after finding upon investigation that the 
need growing out of war time requirements to have Press Wireless 
engage in non-press communication, no longer prevailed* In asking 
that the application be denied, the AC&R Companies through James A 0 
Kennedy, Vice-President and General Attorney, emphasized the status 
of Press Wireless as a specialized press carrier which was formed 
when many of the nations newspapers and news agencies sought assign¬ 
ments in the newly opened short-wave radio bands 0 

Pointing out that Press Wireless proposes to continue to 
function solely for the benefit of the press, and intends to devote 
such revenue as it can acquire from non-press traffic to further 
reducing rates for press communication, the AC&R Companies urged that 
it would be unsound and not in the public interest to have service 
for one special group of telegraph users subsidized by users of other 
telegraph services c 

Countering the Press Wireless contention that the Commission 
in cancelling its war time non-press authorizations, did not solicit 
or consider the views of foreign government agencies but limited its 
consideration to opinions expressed by United States Government 
Departments, the AC&R Companies pointed out that half of the "foreign 
government" messages handled by Press Wireless in the first six months 
of 1945 were transmitted over its Russian circuit, but that the 
Russian Government, when advised by Press Wireless of the Commissions 
action terminating its authorizations to handle government traffic, 
expressed no interest in the matter. 

The evidence establishes, according to the AC&R Companies, 
that the State, War and Navy Departments no longer have need for the 
Press Wireless facilities which have not been used since February 
1946 by the War Department and normally are not used by the Navy 
Department 0 

During pre-war years it was emphasized, the volume of govern 
ment traffic in relation to all traffic handled by the American car¬ 
riers is an insignificant part of the total, ranging during 1936 t.o 
1939 from 2 0 6/> to 3 0 S)t of all traffic 0 Government messages are 
entitled to priority in transmission and it was pointed out that it 
may seriously be doubted whether Press Wireless could accord to 
government traffic the priority to which it is entitled* In peace 
time the great bulk of government traffic has no urgency at all, and 


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its right to preference over news and other traffic is highly question¬ 
able, according to views expressed by the American Newspaper Publishers 
Association, It was urged that if government traffic was to receive 
priority over press traffic in the hands of Press Wireless, with or 
without an increase in the volume of such traffic to be handled by 
that Company, news filed by press agencies would no longer have the 
right of”way presently enjoyed on Press Wireless facilities. 

Proposals by Press Wireless to offer reduced rates and a 
deferred type of service for government traffic were found by the 
AC&R findings "to be of no apparent advantage to government users, 
unlikely of adoption by foreign communications agencies operating 
with Press Wireless, and too nebulous to warrant serious consideration." 

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More details are at hand regarding KWGD, the new FM station 
of the St, Louis Globe-Democrat (See our issue of December 18), 

E, Lansing Ray, publisher of the paper, states that work on the 
frequency modulation station which is to cost $121,500 and be located 
across the street from the present printing plant will begin within 
the next few weeks, 

Mr, Ray also took occasion to deny rumors that the Globe- 
Democrat was for sale in calling attention to the new FM station which 
is only a part of the paper’s 1947 expansion plan, 

KWGD will be the first exclusive frequency modulation 
station in St. Louis and will become a landmark through the erection 
of a 525 foot tower, which is almost as high as the Washington 
Monument in Washington, D,C, (555 feet). 

The building will be air-conditioned, and provision for 
later installation of television and facsimile will be included. 

The plans call for four studios, one master and three sec¬ 
ondary control rooms and offices for operational and maintenance 
personnel on the main floor. The second floor will be used by.the 
business and management department of KWGD. Later it is planned to 
add a fifth "theatre studio" with seats for an audience of 400, 

General Electric equipment (3-T 4A transmitter and GE an¬ 
tenna)* is to be installed, 

KWGD will be operated with 53 kw radiated power on Channel 
225 (S2.9 me), Mr. Ray said. 

Promotion will include one column a day in the Globe-Democrat 
- and.more when sufficient newsprint becomes available - and a full 
page in newspapers in the contemplated coverage area. Billboards also 
are to be used, 

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The sale of Station WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio, by the Ft. 
Industry Co 0 if approved by the FCC, apparently paves the way for 
the company headed by Commander C-eorge Bo Storer and J, Harold Ryan 
to acquire a Detroit outlet 0 WHIZ has been sold to 0 C 3, Littick, 
vice-president of the Zanesville Time-Signal and Ernest B 0 Graham, 
Zanesville attorney, for 5275,000« 

The deal follows an agreement made by Mr c Storer when he 
contracted for acquisition of WJ3K Detroit for §550,000 0 This trans¬ 
action, awaiting FCC approval, would give Fort industry its eighth 
station, but with the sale of WHIZ the number of outlets would remain 
at seven,, The transaction, it is understood, was completed by Smith 
Davis, president of the Smith Davis Co 0 , newspaper and radio financiers. 
Transfer papers will be filed with the FCC by Horace L. Lohnes, 
Washington attorney, this weeko 

WHIZ is an NBC outlet, operating on* 1240 kc with 250 w* 

Other Fort Industry stations are WSFD Toledo, VWVA Wheeling, WGBS 
Miami, WAGA Atlanta, WMMN Fairmont, W t Va P , and NLOK Lima, Ohio* 

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Start of construction "the world. 1 s first high frequency 
motor road." - on which cars drawing current from a cable under the 
concrete can run 125 miles an hour - was reported from Moscow by Tass 
in an Associated Press dispatch. 

The Russian News Agency said the idea was that of Prof. 
G-eorgi Babat, Stalin Prize winner, and that construction would cost 
less than that of a trolley line c 

This is how the road works, Tass said; 

"A cable charged with high frequency electric current, laid 
under an ordinary motor road., will generate an electro-magnetic field 
within a range of 10 to 13 feet. 

"Motor cars will be equipped, with special receivers of high 
frequency current, rectifiers and condensers through which the current 
will pass into an ordinary motor installed on the car. 

"This motor, together with the condenser and other devices, 
weighs only two-fifths as much as the ordinary four-cylinder internal 
combustion engine," 

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The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore announced last 
week the accidental discovery of what it termed an entirely new 
method of radio reception, in which broadcast waves are picked up 
through a tiny strip of frigid metal without use of tubes, electric 
current, antenna or condensers® 

The university said programs had been heard clearly through 
a piece of columbium nitride smaller than a common pin and made super¬ 
conductive by lowering its temperature to about 435 degrees below 
zero (fahrenheit)o 

Sources close to the university and the experiment which 
led up to the discovery said that in its present state of development, 
there was not much chance standard home radio sets -would be replaced 
by the strip of metal, because of the great expense involved in re¬ 
frigerating equipment® 

However, these unofficial sources, who declined to be 
quoted by name, said the discovery may open the way to a revolutioniz¬ 
ing of transocean and other long-distance radio sending and receiving 
because of the treated metal*s great potentialities for sensitivity to 
wave impulses c 

The discovery came about by accident recently, the univer¬ 
sity said, during a course of experiments being carried out by Dr,, 
Donald H 0 Andrews, Johns Hopkins professor of chemistry, and Dr, 
Chester Clark of the university staff® 

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Two table model television receivers having 22 tubes 
including a 10-inch direct view picture tube will be included in the 
display of the Farnsworth Television 2c Radio Corporation at the 
January Furniture Market in Chicago® The receivers are pre-production 
models of the Farnsworth video sets soon to be marketed in Chicago 
and other cities having television stations® 

One of the television sets to be shown is housed in a trans¬ 
parent lucite cabinet which permits observers to see the compactness 
of the chassis* 

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Despite the protests of Senator Charles W. Tobey (R) of 
New Hampshire who insisted a pre-session conference election such 
as was held by Senate leaders in Washington Monday violated party 
rules, Senator Wallace White (R), radio and communications authority 
of Congress, was elected majority leader of the Senate and will 
succeed Senator Barkley (D) when the Republicans take over later in 
the week. Whether or not Senator White will also head the Interstate 
Commerce Committee has still not been decided, This committee con¬ 
trols radio communications and transportation. 

At the start of the conference Monday Senator Tobey made 
his unavailing effort to delay the meeting until the Eightieth 
Congress convenes. Tobey argued the group cannot organize for the 
new Congress until Republican Senators-elect are actually sworn into 
the Senate, 

Senator Vandenberg (R) of Mich,, retiring chairman of the 
conference* overruled Tobey®s point of order e 

Later, with Millikin in the chair, Tobey raised a point of 
order against dual membership of any Senator on both the steering 
group and the Republican committee on committees, Millikin overruled 
this point. 

Senator Clyde M. Reed (R) of Kans,, who has threatened a 
fight on Senator White serving in the dual role of Senator Majority 
Leader and Interstate Commerce Committee chairman, told the conference 
committee assignments should be delayed until every Republican Sen¬ 
ator has a chance to study the findings of the new Committee on Com¬ 

Reed is himself a candidate for the Interstate Commerce 
chairmanship. White has seniority claim to the chairmanship and told 
newsmen he intends to serve both as leader and chairman if elected. 

It was learned that Senator Reed mav be called before the 
new Committee on Committees today (Tuesday-31) to state his case. 

One possible compromise would make Reed chairman of the important 
land transportation subcommittee of the Interstate Commerce Committee, 

Following Monday’s conference, Reed said that post'wouldn 1 t 
satisfy him. If denied the Interstate Commerce chairmanship* Reed 
threatened to assert seniority claim to chairmanship of the Public 
Lands Committee, That post has already tentatively been assigned to 
Senator Butler, 

Backstage of the Interstate Commerce Committee row was an 
almost open lobby fight. Railroad shipping interests were reported to 
be supporting Reed for the job. Radio and some other transportation 
groups reputedly favor White. 

The tangle may become even more complicated if Senator 
Tobey, opposed by all of these interests, enters the race himself. 

He is also said to seek the chairmanship of the Interstate Commerce 
Committee, Also Mr. Tobey is in line for chairman of the Senate 
Banking Committee, 

The Monday conference named a new eight-man Republican 
Committee on Committees headed by Senator Edward V. Robertson of 
Wyoming to consider the assignment tentatively made by the present 
Senate's GOP Committee on Committees, Its members are: Senators 



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'Taft (Ohio), Brooks (Illinois), Hugh Butler (Nebr c ), Harlan J 0 Bushfield 
(S 0 Dak 0 ), Homer E. Capehart (Ind.), Forrest C„ Donnell (Mo*), and 
William F» Knowland (Califc). 



Representative Lea (D e ,Calif 0 ), said that if the Supreme 
Court knocks out the so-called "anti-Petrillo" Act, which he sponsored, 
he will urge new legislation on the relations between radio stations 
and their musician employes. 

He said, however, that he was confident the high court will 
disagree with the Chicago Federal Court which held that the Lea Act 
is unconstitutional class legislation* 

The appeal was taken directly to the Supreme Court, according 
to Assistant United States District Attorney Leroy Krein, who filed 
the Governments appeal, because Judge LaBuy*s decision held that the 
Lea Act, which Mr. Petrillo was charged with violating, was uncon¬ 
stitutional. The act prohibits employment of more persons in radio 
broadcasting stations than are necessary to do the work required. 

The criminal information against Mr. Petrillo charged him 
with "wilfully' 1 coercing the licensee of Station WAAF here into em¬ 
ploying persons not needed to perform actual services. 

In its appeal notice the Government stated that the Lea Act 
was the result of repeated Congressional investigations from 1942 to 

"It represented the deliberate judgment of Congress as to 
the existence of an evil affecting the broadcasting system of the 
nation and as to the best method of remedying such evil," stated the 
government appeal. 

"The very fact that the decision here nullifies an act which 
Congress deemed necessary for the welfare of the nation in itself es¬ 
tablishes the substantiality of the constitutional questions involved." 

The government charges that Judge LaBuy erred in holding 
that the Lea Act was indefinite in its definitions and stated that its 
wording was not as indefinite as that of other statutes which have 
been sustained by the Supreme Court. 

"The information involved did not charge the defendant re¬ 
frained from work, but attempted to coerce the licensee by causing 
others to discontinue their working," the government contended. 

Stating that Judge LaBuy misinterpreted the act as it per¬ 
tained to the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution, the government 
appeal stated; 

"The fact that a man may not be forced against his will to 
perform labor for another does not mean he has an absolute right to 
agree with others to refrain from working for a particular employer 
with the avowed purpose of requiring that very same employer to employ 
him under different conditions," 

The governments contention was that the act did not prohibit 
picketing as Judge LaBuy held, but that it "prohibited coercion by 
means of picketing." 


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Announcer Mike Hunnicutt at Station WWDC at Connecticut & 

K Sts., about a block from the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., 
kept his early morning program "Rise and Shine" going Monday despite 
the fact that the body of a dead woman lay in the next room. Police 
were called but the listening audience was unaware of the tragedy. 

It was Hunnicutt who discovered the body in the Washington 
radio station at about 6:30 a.m. He believed then she was dead. He 
was assured of the fact when police arrived 40 minutes later. 

Police identified the woman as Mrs. Elza Kettler, 35 c 

They said she had died of natural causes following a 
"drinking bout" with a cab driver companion, Frank Ealey and John H. 
Brown, WWDC announcer. 

Brown, known to the all-night listening audience of WWDC as 
Jack Ridge, was reported to have been discharged as a result of the 

Hunnicutt was on the air from 6 to 9:30 a.m ( During this 
time detectives and uniformed police milled through the station and 
the woman 5 s body, shrouded in white sheets, was carried to an ambu¬ 
lance on a stretcher. 

Hunnicutt 1 s is a cheer-up and get-up program of snappy tunes 
and wise patter. He ad libs throughout except for commercials. 

'IWDC officials said the events might have shaken a less 
veteran performer than Hunnicutt, whose light chatter before the 
microphone gave no hint of the tragedy. 

Norman Reed, WWDC program director, said he tuned in Hunni- 
cutt’s show shortly after 7 a.m. 

"Mike seemed the same as usual to me," said Reed. "I didn’t 
know anything about the dead woman until I got to work." 

Three other men were working with Hunnicutt on the early 
morning show. They were Leonard Friendly, organist; Ray Morgan, news 
announcer, and Charles Schrider, announcer. 

"I thought she was dead," said Hunnicutt. "She looked so 
funny. She was slumped in the chair. Her head sagged against the 
wash basin and both arms dangled at her sides. 

"I guess it was about 7 o 5 dock when I called the police. 
They got there about 10 minutes later." 

The story of what happened, according to police, was this: 
Ridge stepped into a cab in which Mrs. Kettler was riding with Ealey. 
He invited the couple to inspect the radio station. There they had 
some drinks. Ridge "passed out," and Mrs. Kettler went to the rest 
room, became ill and died. 

In announcing that Ridge had been discharged, the station 
said he was being fired solely because he had violated the strict 
regulation against visiting the station during closed hours. 

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A new line folder on RCA Victor television receivers, in 
which the four initial models are described and illustrated in detail, 
was sent to the trade by J. David Cathcart, Advertising Manager of 
the RCA Victor Home Instrument Department. 

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In what is believed to be the first case of American broad¬ 
casters indicted in the United States for treason two expatriate U.S. 
newspapermen—Robert Henry Best, 51, and Douglas Chandler, 56—were 
indicted Monday (30) in Boston by a Federal grand jury on charges of 
treasonously selling out to the Nazis by serving as their 
radio mouthpieces during the war. 

Judge Francis J. W. Ford directed that Best and Chandler be 
brought to Boston at the earliest possible date from Washington for 

The tall, gray-haired Chandler was charged with attempting 
to undermine American support of the war and to "weaken and destroy 
confidence in the Administration" through shortwave broadcasts under 
the pseudonym "Raul Revere," 

Best, a well-known prewar character in Vienna cafes, was 
accused of serving as news editor in the German propaganda division 
handling broadcasts beamed to the United States. 

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Although a preponderance of listeners protested when 
Station KQW of San Jose, California, broadcast an address by Robert 
Harold Scott, the atheist, several weeks ago the station officials 
are still in somewhat of a quandry over the matter. Fred Ruegg, 

KQW program director was quoted as sayings 

"We have not yet made up our minds. We have not actually 
decided yet what to do P " executives of Station KQW advised when asked 
if Scott xrould be permitted a second session at the microphone on a 
Sunday morning." Mr. Ruegg explained that the FCC ruling had been, 
in effect, that time should be sold to an atheist to enable him to 
give his views as long as the station gave time to churches. He said 
churches were still on the KQW log. 

KQW's indecision was not ended by a poll of listener reac¬ 
tion to Scott*s lone broadcast of Nov, 17. A tally of 5000 letters 
showed 76/ opposed to permitting air time for a message on atheism, 

24 / upholding Scott*s plea for the right to air his views. Of the 
24/ only a few subscribed to atheism. 

Background of the case contains five years of fighting for 
atheism.. During this period KQ¥,KP0 and KFRC were asked for time by 
Scott, who then petitioned the FCC to revoke the licenses of the 
stations,, After the FCC ruling, KQW permitted one broadcast, which 
was later assailed by Rev. Hugh Donohue in the Monitor , a Catholic 
diocese weekly publication. 



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Civilian Production Administration has just reported ship¬ 
ments of civilian radios in October 1946 increased to l c 8 million 
units from 50,000 in November 1945 and were 68 percent above the 
1940-41 average monthly rate of 1 0 1 million sets. In spite of sub¬ 
stantial cancellations of military orders during the latter part of 
1945, remaining contracts absorbed the major portion of the indus¬ 
try’s production during that period,, 

second and third quarter shipments during 1946 consisted 
mainly of smaller sets as manufacturers were unable to obtain parts 
for the larger types 0 A shortage of cabinets, tubes, gang condensers, 
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By its action of December 26th in making the frequency of 
2450 megacycles available for immediate use of diathermy and indus¬ 
trial heating equipment, the Federal Communications Commission recog¬ 
nizes the public and commercial benefits which may be expected from 
harnessing electronics to medical, household and commercial use. 

For example, in a hearing which preceded this step, the 
Raytheon Manufacturing Company testified that its new "radarange", by 
using the magnetron tube developed in connection with radar for war 
purposes, can pre-cook food in seconds as compared with minutes by 
older methods,, It demonstrated that, by such means, frankfurters, say, 
can be grilled in 8 to 10 seconds, gingerbread and biscuits baked in 
29 seconds, and hamburgers with onions made ready in 35 seconds. In 
addition, frozen food can be prepared immediately without thawing. 



American newspapers are in a stronger position today than 
ever before despite 15 years of prophecy that radio spelled their doom, 
Erwin D. Canham, editor of the Christian Science Monitor and vice- 
president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, told members 
of the Florida Press Association meeting in Miami recently,. 

His words of cheer were coupled with words of caution. He 
warned the editors that to maintain this position they must strive 
continually for more factual reporting, news coverage that will build 
public confidence — with an eye ever on the changing times. 



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Standby Band Hasn't Played in 5 Mos„, Gets 15/ Increase 

("Variety 11 ) 

James C. Petrillo in his newest drive for wage increases 
for musicians in theatres got one for an orchestra in Chicago which 
hasn't struck a note in over five months,, Band that currently isn't 
working, yet got a raise, is at the Chicago Civic theatre, which now 
shows the picture "Henry V." Civic, which has been housing stage 
attractions up to this time, formerly had a house orchestra of six 0 
When "Henry" came in orchestra was upped to eighty All musicians 
are on half pay while on standby and last week the group got a 15# 

United Artists Co*, which rented theatre for "Henry V," 
kicks in 5563 each week for no't one note of music. 

"Real" Republicans for FCC, ICC, Etc. 

(Robert C„ Albright in "Washington Post") 

Carroll Reece, Chairman of the Republican National Committee 
said at the recent meeting of Republican leaders in Washington, the 
President ought not only to name "real Republicans" to bi-partisan 
Federal agencies created by Congress, but as vacancies occur might 
"in his discretion," give Republicans actual control of such agencies. 
Pie mentioned such "legislative" agencies as the ICC, the FCC and the 
Federal Trade Commission. Reece said he wouldn't propose a bill to 
that end but thought Republican control of both Houses should be 
reflected in bi-partisan agencies actually set up by Congress,, 

What Hooper Is And What It Isn f t 

(Jack C-ould in "New York Times") 

Actually, if a half-hour variety program called X has a 
rating, say, of 10, it means simply that out of a total of 100 homes 
called on the telephone by the Hooper staff while the program was on 
the air a total of ten reported that they were listening to X 0 

The other ninety homes originally involved fall into three 
main classifications. The first group is those homes which did not 
answer the phone. The second group is those answering the phone but 
not listening to the radio. The third group is those listening to 
programs other than X, for which, of course, ratings also are deter¬ 
mined simultaneously. The final figure of 10 represents, therefore, 
the percentage of the original 100 homes which could listen, not an 
adjusted percentage of those who actually were. 

For a half-hour program the Hooper staff makes a total of 
1,380 calls in the thirty-three cities. In all, the Hooper organ¬ 
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which she asks: (l) Were yqu listening to the radio just now? (2) 

To what program, please? ( 3) Over what station? Asked only of 
listeners is one of the following supplementary questions: (A) What 
is advertised? (3) How many men, women and children are listening? 

(C) What is the occupation of the head of your household, please? 

In effect, a Hooper rating is an index of one program’s 
popularity as compared with another, an index limited to the metropoli¬ 
tan areas of thirty-three cities where the four networks may be heard 
simultaneously 0 

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is important not only for what it is but for what it is not. Primarily 
a rating does not tell how many listeners tune in a given program nor, 
being limited to telephone subscribers only, is it designed as a 
scientific poll of national taste in the Gallup manner c 

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Bricker’s Flop At Gridiron Dinn er 

(Doris Fleeson in ''Washington Star") 

Mr e Bricker created real excitement as the Washington grape¬ 
vine swiftly filled in every detail of his Gridiron dinner flop e It 
has been the topic of adverse notice on a Nation-wide radio hookup 
and will unquestionably cost him plenty, if not, indeed, the nomination 
The principal indictment is that he affronted good taste and 
sportsmanship by personally taunting President Truman about the Demo¬ 
cratic defeat and Mr» Truman’s failure to make an appearance in the 
campaign.. He also derided the President for losing his own State of 
Missourio A long finale of platitudes about the glories of the Re¬ 
publican Party did not make the dish any more palatable 0 

Predicts Morgan Will Lead 1947 Poll Popularity Gains 

("Look 1 '') 

Henry Morgan’s wit is effortless—and sharp. For 14 years 
he’s ridiculed everything radio holds sacred. And now it's paying off 
in his first coast-to-coast show. AB'C, Wednesday. It’s funny and 
fresho For these reasons, LOOK predicts that 31-year-old Morgan will 
lead the radio field in popularity poll gains in 1947 e Typical of 
the brash irreverence on all his shows is this recent "plug" for his 
sponsor’s product: "This razcrwill save you shaving time. But what 
can you do with two minutes? If you really want to save shaving time, 
grow a beardo" 

Newspapers Also Want Credit In Curbing Lewis 

(" Edi tor & Publisher ;i ) 

The Radio industry is being told it alone is responsible 
for Lewis’ calling off the recent coal strike. And it is not supposed 
to be anything radio did or accomplished but merely the threat of what 
it might do. The argument goes like this: Truman was going to broad¬ 
cast to the people about the strike after refusing to compromise with 

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When membership of the National Association of Broadcaster’s 
Music Advisory Committee was published last week, the names of three 
committee members were omitted from the list: Judge A. L. Ashby, NBC; 
Julius Brauner, CBS; and Louis G-. Caldwell, MBS. 

Although general legislative matters were the main object 
of a call on President Truman by Senator Wallace White (R) of Maine, 
it is believed the latter may have taken the opportunity to put in a 
plug for Commodore E. M, Webster, wartime head of communications of 
the U.S. Coast Guard,to fill the vacancy on the Federal Communications 
Commission created by the resignation of Paul Porter. 

Senator White has boosted Commander Webster several times 
before for F'CC Commissioner but now that the Republicans are in the 
saddle on the Kill the Senator’s recommendation may carry considerably 
more weight. 

Rep. John E. Rankin, Democrat of Mississippi, a member of 
the House Committee on un-American Activities said; 

"The committee will intensify its drive and its efforts to 
remove from the Federal payroll every Communist and every other sub¬ 
versive individual. It will also give its attention to the Communists 
in the moving picture industry, the radio and other methods of 

Drew Pearson predicts that large radio models will be 
scarce at least until June. 

John G. Sittig, president of the First Colony Corporation, 
was appointed chairman of the board of the Electronic Corporation of 
America to succeed Samuel J. Novick, who is assuming presidency of 
the radio and radio equipment manufacturing firm. Garrard Mountjoy, 
former president of the corporation, announced that he will devote 
his full time as consulting engineer to the radio industry. 

A simple electronic device comprising only a handful of 
equipment gave promise here in Waltham, Mass., according to T. R. 
Kennedy, Jr 0 , of the New York Times , of completely banishing for all 
time the highly objectionable needle scratch from new and old phono¬ 
graph records, and of eliminating most of the noise in radio recep¬ 
tion and broadcasting. 

The inventor is Hermon Scott, president of the Technology 
Instruments Corporation of Waltham, who has been working to perfect 
the system for several years and only recently completed it for 
public demonstration. Mr, Scott, a graduate of the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, said he had been working on the general idea 
of noise reduction in phonograph reproduction for more than fifteen 

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radio-receiver phonograph machines. One is that of the Fisher Radio 
Company in New York, the other "being the Scott Radio Laboratories of 

In answer to a question, "Will there be wide unemployment 
in 1947?" Victor Riesel writing in .Look Magazin e replied^ 

"Unemployment will be uneven,. Jobs will be plentiful in 
the construction field but toward the year*s end they will fall 
off in retail fields, textiles, Federal services, radio production 
and other luxury fields,," 

Dr„ Ro Go Fo Mutter of Sylvania’s Research Laboratories 
in Flushing, Long Island, has arrived at formulas that will make 
possible improvements in the control of distortion in television 

Once again, newspaper circulations in U. S» reached a new 
all-time high in 1946, with a gain of 4 0 81/£ for morning and evening 
dailies and a 9 0 43^ increase for Sunday papers over last year’s 
record peak 0 

Morning papers led the daily field with an increase of 
7„14% and evening papers showed a gain of 2 0 58/p according to the 
annual cross-section survey made by Editor & Publisher of publishers’ 
statements to the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the six-month 
period ending Sept* 30, 1946, as compared with 1945. 

If automobile or truck radios are subject to static, the 
tires may need a dose of powder). B. 3, Settle, of the Dodge 
division of Chrysler Corporation, is informing dealers how they can 
suppress troublesome static electricity generated by tire friction. 

Automotive engineers discovered recently that tire fric¬ 
tion sometimes builds up enough static electricity to cause a static 
noise in the radio 0 Mr. Settle advises that the noisy condition 
usually can be eliminated by using a new tire static suppression 
powder. The powder, which is injected into the inner tubes with a 
special tool, is acetylene black. The powder collects the static 
electricity and then dissipates it 0 

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday (30) that the use of 
sound trucks on public streets in Trenton was "tantamount to compul¬ 
sion" and that freedom of expression did not contain the right "to 
compel others to listen." 

The two-to-one decision upheld a Trenton antinoise ordinance 
which had been challenged by Charles Kovacs, who was fined $50 in 
connection with a strike at the Trenton Times newspapers. 


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Lewis; the union leader saw the President meant business so he called 
off the strike and Truman cancelled his broadcast. 

This is typical of the blue sky claims that radio salesmen have 
been mouthing for years. 

The "public pressure" which Mr. Lewis noticed was aroused in 
the only way it could be aroused—through the factual recital day by 
day of the drastic economic results of the mine shutdowns, the closed 
plants, the curtailed transportation, etc. as reported in the news¬ 
paper columns and over the air. 

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Television Almost Overshadows Bilbo At Congress Opening.1 

Construction To Start On WOR's Television Tower In Washington.3 

Miss Martin, Ex-G. O.P. Leader, Urged For FCC.3 

Sen. Reed Attacks White In Commerce Committee Fight.4 

FCC Okehs "Wired Radio" Experiment.5 

RCA Opposes Press Wireless Handling Government Messages.6 

Announcement "By Authority Of The FCC" No Longer Required.7 

All Set For Formal Launching Of FM Association.8 

Television Hits Mexico’s Entertainment Fency.9 

30 To 40$ Better Radio Set Production Predicted For 1947.9 

RMA Asks Lower Radio Duties To Maintain U. S. Leadership.10 

Poppele, TBA President, Recommends Code For TV Broadcasters.11 

International Detrola Releases Monthly And Annual Sales Report... 11 
ABC's "America's Town Meeting" Available For Co-Op Sponsorship. .. 12 

Broadcasters 1947 Budget $650,000.12 

National Standards Bureau Develops New Electronic Tube.12 

Scissors And Paste.13 

Trade Notes.15 

No. 1757 

January 8, 1947 


Next to Senator Bilbo the one big feature of the opening 
of Congress was the way television came into its own at the White 
House, on Capitol Hill, and by coaxial cable for onlookers elsewhere 
in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City, 

Just as President Harding’s inaugural address was one of 
the first greet news events ever broadcast, President Truman availed 
himself of television when the new Congress assembled. The day 
Congress convened, he watched it on a soecial set installed in the 
White House. On Monday when President Truman addressed Congress, 
he himself was televised even to the smile on his face when he joshed 
the Republicans, said smile reported to have been clearly seen in 
New York City. It was the first time that any Congressional event 
had been televised. 

The curtain raiser was last Friday when the opening session 
of Congress was placed on the air for two hours. 

In a special televised interview preceding the opening, 
four members of the House spoke of the televising of the opening ses¬ 

Representative Charles A. Halleck of Indiana., new Majority 
Leader, said: 

,r I think it is mighty fine that on this occasion the open¬ 
ing proceedings are being carried out to the country in this fashion." 

Representative Sam Rayburn of Texes, new Minority Leader, 
congratulated those "who brought television in and those who are con¬ 
ducting the proceedings under it now. " 

"It is a great occasion for me, and also for the people 
out there who will hear and see", he added. 

Representative Charles A. Wolverton of New Jersey, new 
Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Committee, said: 

"This new and unique system for conveying news to the people 
of this nation I consider one of the most outstanding events that has 
ever happened in the field of communications. " 

Representative Clarence J. Brown, of Ohio, Chairman of the 
House Republican Camoaign Committee, said it was "a great day". 

Two of the latest in highly sensitive "Image Orthicon" 
electronic cameras were aimed at the proceedings from various points 
of vantage. A pre-session interview with House leaders was carried 
on with two similar cameras in an ante-chamber of the House. 


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The views were so clear that a bandage could be seen on a 
finger of the House tally clerk as the voting proceeded. 

On Monday when the President addressed Congress, three 
television sets were placed in the Hotel Sts tier in the Capital. 

Said the W ashington Post: 

"The Chief Executive didn’t even bat an eyelash during the 
reading of his State of the Union speech when a customer at the 
Statler inquired for pistachio ice cream and got it. 

"Three television sets with 12 by 15 inch screens were 
located strategically about the bustling veranda room. They enabled 
the customers to sip their drinks, see and hear the president, end 
take life easy with all the aplomb of listening to an after-dinner 

"The television camera’s ubiquitous eye searched out old 
and new Congressional personalities, some of whom, apparently un¬ 
aware that they were being watched often held rather curious noses 
while conversing with colleagues or listening to the President. 

"Truman’s well-known features appeared with great clarity 
on the three screens, undisturbed by the 'blips’ or ’ghosts’ that 
sometimes haunt televised images. 

"In the Veranda Room, many of the customers from time to 
time would pause with a cocktail half-way to their lips as their 
attention was caught by something the President was saying. 

"The three television sets, first to be installed in 
Wasnington on a. permanent public basis, will be in operation daily 
in the room from 2 P.M. until closing. The hotel management hopes 
within six months to have similar sets installed in all the hotel's 
1000 rooms. " 

The Post also had a cartoon captioned "State of Nation" 
showing President Truman sitting at his desk in the White House mak¬ 
ing a wry face as he watched the television screen showing the 
Republicans taking over the House. 

Said the Ne w York Time s: 

"The pictures from the House chamber were received in 
New York by means of a coaxial cable and for the most part were of 
acceptable clarity. 

"Clearly visible were the President's smile when he com¬ 
mented on the House's revised seating arrangements in the wake of 
the Republican election victory and his turning of the rages of the 
prepared text of his speech." 

Both the opening scenes of Congress Friday and president 
Truman's address Monday were rebroadcast in New York by WNBT of the 
National Broadcasting Company; WABD, station of the A.llen B. DuMont 

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well as WPTZ in Philadelphia, end WTTG, Dumont station in Washing¬ 



A contract for construction of a foundation and towerbase 
for WOR's television station in Washington, D. C., has been let to 
Davis, Wick and Rosengarten of Washington, it has been announced by 
J. R. Poppele, Vice-President in Charge of Engineering of the Bam¬ 
berger Broadcasting Service. Construction of the towerbase will 
start shortly. Call letters of the video station will be WWBR. 

The 300-foot-tall tower will be erected at 40th and Brandy¬ 
wine Streets. The site is the highest point in the District of 
Columbia area, 412 feet above sea level. The top of the television 
antenna will have an overall height of 700 feet above sea level. 

The tower, to be constructed by the Lehigh Structural 
Steel Company from plans prepared by WOR engineers, will hold plat¬ 
forms for short wave, micro wave and television receiving and trans¬ 
mitting equipment. The construction program includes installation 
of the tower foundation and erection of the tower. Berla and Abel, 
of Washington, are the architects. 



Said to have the backing of Senator Wallace White, of Maine, 
Republican Majority Leader, the name of Miss Marion Martin, former 
Assistant Chairman and Director of the Women’s Division for eight 
years of the Republican National Committee, who resigned recently 
with such loud repercussions, has been mentioned for the vacancy on 
the Federal Communications Commission. Miss Martin is also reported 
to have the backing of Senator Brewster (R), of Maine. Her name was 
oroposed to President Truman by Guy P. Gannett, Portland, Me. broad¬ 
caster and publisher. 

A native of Kingman, Me., Miss Martin is of Scotch-Irish 
ancestry. She attended Bradford (Mass.) Academy and Wellesley College 
and completed her university studies at the University of Maine, re¬ 
ceiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. Miss Martin attended Northwestern 
University Summer sessions and studied a year at Yale University Law 
Scnool. In 1939 Bates College conferred on her the honorary Master 
of Arts degree. 

One of Maine’s leading citizens, Miss Martin was elected 
to the Maine House of Representatives in 1930. After two terms she 
was elected to the State Senate, where she was a member of the Joint 
Committee on Legal Affairs, and Chairman of the Joint Committee on 
State Prisons. She served also on the Committee on Federal Relations 
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The boys got pretty rough in the fight over the Chairman¬ 
ship of the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee. Senator Tobey (R), 
of New Hampshire, who put up quite a scrap for it, pulled off, but 
Senator Clyde Reed (R), of Kansas, finally attacked Senator White 
personally. Senator White having been elected Majority Leader is 
also slated to ascend to the head of the Interstate Commerce Com¬ 
mittee through which all radio and communications legislation clears. 

Senator Reed was of the opinion that the majority leader¬ 
ship would be sufficient to occupy Senator White and went after the 
latter viciously. He charged that Mr. White, as Minority Leader in 
the Seventy-ninth Congress, had attended only four of sixty-seven 
meetings of the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee in the 
two-year period. He contended that the added responsibilities of 
tne majority leadersnip would not permit of an improved attendance 

Mr. Reed also alleged that there had been "manipulation” of 
seniority to favor some Senators. Rules were broken, he also alleged, 
by the placing of Senator Owen Brewster, Senator White’s Maine col¬ 
league, on the Commerce Committee. 

Mr. Reed said that Senator White, as Majority Leader, will 
have even less time for Committee work and "important work of the 
Senate will suffer through inability of any one man to handle these 
great responsibilities . . . 

"I also challenge manipulation of seniority by the Commit¬ 
tee (on committees) to favor some Senators . . . From every source 
available to me, conversation, letters, telegrams, telephone calls, 
newspaper articles, there is general dissatisfaction. I regret that 
the Republican Party in its first Senate majority in 14 years should 
start its work with this handicap." 

There was also a protest because Senator Brewster of Maine 
was on the Interstate Commerce Committee probably to be headed by 
Senator White, also from the same State. 

After a discussion of nearly three hours the Senate Commit¬ 
tee on Committees decided to "spank" Senator Reed for his prolonged 
one-man revolt. The conference did this by offering the chairmanship 
of the Civil Service Committee to Reed, quite a comedown in the eyes 
ef the latter. Senator Reed rejected this offer in favor of Senator 
Langer of North Dakota, and then was informed that he would remain 
where he was, ■without any advancement. 

Senator Reed did not appear at this meeting. What Mr, 

Reed did was to cast down an ultimatum. This was that he would appeal 
tne Committee's action to the full Republican conference and, failing 
a favorable verdict there, would open a fight on the floor of the 
Senate itself. Available Senators knew of no precedent for such an 


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Republican Senators have apparently agreed upon the follow¬ 
ing Majority party lineup on the Interstate Commerce Committee: 

Wallace W. White, Maine (Chairman); Charles W. Tobey, of 
New Hampshire; Clyde M. Reed, Kansas; Owen Brewster, Maine; Albert 
W. Hawkes, New Jersey; E. H. Moore, Oklahoma and Homer Capehart, of 

The Democratic members are: Edwin C. Johnson, Colorado 
(Ranking Minority Member) Tom Stewart, Tennessee; Ernest W. McFarland, 
Arizona; Warren 0. Magnuson, Washington; Francis J. Myers, Pennsyl¬ 
vania and Brian McMahon, Connecticut. 

Under the Reorganization Act, each Minority Senator is per¬ 
mitted to serve on only two Committees. 

Representative Wolverton (R), of New Jersey, has, it is 
reoorted, been informally agreed upon as Chairman of the House Inter¬ 
state Commerce Committee which deals with radio and communications in 
the lower body. 


The Federal Communications Commission granted Herbert L. 
Spencer of Baltimore, Md. , a construction permit for a portable devel¬ 
opmental broadcast station at Laurel, Md., to test transmission of 
broadcast programs over local power lines. 

Mr. Spencer, a radio and electronic engineer and Chairman 
of tne Baltimore Section of the Institute of Radio Engineers, plans 
to demonstrate the practicability of "wired radio", "wired wireless", 
"carrier current", "power line broadcasting" and "power casting", as 
it is variously known, as a means of furnishing local program ser¬ 
vice. Low power (10 watts, with AO, AS and A3 emission) will be used 
on frequencies to be assigned from time to time, on a temporary basis, 
by the Commission’s Chief Engineer. The signals, it is claimed, will 
be confined primarily to the immediate vicinity of the electric power 
lines and will not interfere with regular radio communication, 

Autnorization is for experimentation only, with no assur¬ 
ance of any future service grant. The Commission dismissed four 
other applications by Mr. Soencer for similar stations at Rockville, 
Gaithersburg and Westminster, Md., with one station in reserve. All 
these towns are more or less suburbs of Washington, or nearby. 

The applicant proposes to use much the same method of 
transmitting radio waves over wire lines now employed by some 50 
educational systems comprising the Intercollegiate Broadcasting 
System. Being well engineered and supervised, the so-called campus 
network" does not interfere with licensed radio communication, nence 
the Commission has not had to regulate college local "wired radio 
under rules applicable to low power devices. 


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RCA Communications has Just filed by Gustav B. Margraf, 
its attorney, with the Federal Communications its "Proposed Find¬ 
ings" which concerns the application of Press Wireless', Inc. for 
modification of its licenses in the Fixed Public Press Service to 
permit the continued handling of Government messages by press Wire¬ 

Press Wireless was originally organized to handle press 
messages only. During the war, Press Wireless was given special 
temporary autnorization to handle Government messages in addition to 
press messages. The FCC recently advised Press Wireless that these 
temporary authorizations would not be renewed. Press Wireless there¬ 
upon filed application for modification of its regular licenses to 
include the handling of Government messages on which application a 
public hearing was held last October. 

In its Prooosed Findings, RCA reviews the history of the 
case, the organization of the parties to the case, namely, Press 
Wireless, RCA Communications, Inc., All America, The Commercial Cable 
Company and the Mackay Company, and then takes up in detail the his¬ 
tory and purpose of organization of Press Wireless, RCA shows by 
references to the record in the case that the primary and, in fact, 
the sole purpose from which Press Wireless was organized was the 
handling of press messages. 

After listings from the record the one dozen present stock¬ 
holders of Press Wireless, including the New York ^ime s, the Chicago 
Tribune, etc., RCA shows that there is no public need for Press Wire¬ 
less to handle any other than press messages, that RCA alone has ade- 
reserve capacity to handle all Government traffic now carried by 
Press Wireless end that the handling of government messages by press 
Wireless would operate to impair the speed and efficiency of Press 
Wireless in handling its press service. RCA also declares that in 
effect, authorizing Press Wireless to handle Government traffic in 
order to compensate in part for its losses on press traffic "would be 
to subsidize its stockholders at the expense of the other carriers". 

RCA’s Conclusions are as follows: 

"1. There is no public need for the use of Press Wireless' 
telegrapn communication channels in the handling of communications 
(including radiopnotos) in the Government classification between the 

United States and foreign points which cannot be adequately met by 
cable facilities and the facilities of radio carriers in the fixed 
public service. 

"2. The speed and quality of Press Wireless service in 
the handling of Government traffic is inferior to that of carriers 
in the fixed public service. 



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"3. The handling of Government traffic by Press Wireless 
will impair that company’s speed and efficiency in handling inter¬ 
national press communications. 

"4. The financial condition of Press Wireless would not 
be affected significantly by a grant or denial of the applications. 

Tne effect of the grant would be to deprive fixed public service 
carriers of revenues without compensating benefit to the public. 

Tne ability of Press Wireless to maintain its operations as a licen¬ 
see in the fixed public press service is not dependent upon its hand¬ 
ling of Government traffic. 

”5. No reason has been shown why there should be any 
departure from the premise upon which the Commission originally lic¬ 
ensed Press Wireless and issued frequencies to it, namely, that the 
public interest would best be served by having at least one inter¬ 
national communications carrier devoted exclusively to international 
communications needs of the press. 

"6. The applications of Press Wireless for modification 
of its licenses in the fixed public press service to oermit the hand¬ 
ling of communications (including radiophotos) in the Government 
classification ere denied. " 



Because the Federal Communications Commission is desirous 
of relieving broadcasters of non-essentials wherever oossible, it 
takes occasion to point out that the practice of stations ooening 
and closing the broadcast day with the announcement, "This is 
station - operating on a frequency of - kilocycles, by author¬ 

ity of the Federal Communications Commission", is not prescribed by 
statute or rules and regulations. 

The custom began Aoril 28, 1927, when the Commission’s pre¬ 
decessor, the Federal Radio Commission, issued General Order No. 7 
directing all broadcast stations to so announce themselves for the 
convenience of monitoring stations in checking the then authorized 
frequency tolerance of one-half kilocycle. However, on November 7, 
1931, the Federal Radio Commission repealed this along with some other 
requirements of the Radio Act of 1927. The Federal Communications 
Commission, created by the Communications Act of 1934, did not restore 
this particular provision. But broadcasters continued the tradition¬ 
al phrase, attributing it to the new Commission. 

The matter is brought to the attention of broadcasters gen¬ 
erally because the Commission is observing that newly authorized FM 
(frequency modulation) and television stations are falling into the 
practice. The Commission hopes that this explanation will eliminate 
a mistaken notion that such announcements ere required by the present 


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Various optimistic predictions as to the size of the atten¬ 
dance at the first general meeting of the new FM Association in 
Wasnington this week have been made. 

The official program follows: 
Friday, Jan. 10 

9:00 A.M. Registration 

10;00 A.M. Opening Meeting, Congressional Room, Hotel Statler. 

Welcome Address - Roy Hofheniz, Steering Committee Chairman 
"Aims end Objectives of FMA" - Everett L. Dillard 
Talk by Prof. E. H. Armstrong (inventor of FM) 

"What the Agency end Advertiser Exoect of FM" - Hugh D. 

Lavery, McCann-Erickson, New York 
"FM Set Outlook for 1947" - Dr. Ray Manson, President, 
Stromberg-Carlson Co. 

"FM Transmitter Outlook for 1947" - W. R. David, Vice-Pres¬ 
ident, General Electric Co.; representatives of RCA, 
Graybar Electric Co., Radio Engineering Labs., Westing- 
house Electric Corp. , end Federal Teleohone & Radio 
Corp. also speaking. 

"What Part FM Plays in the RMA ’A Radio in Every Room’ 
Campaign" - Edward G. Taylor, Zenith Radio Corp., 
Chairman of RMA campaign. 

"FIJI Today" - FCC Chairman Charles R. Denny. 

Showing of GE Film, "Listen to FM" 

12:30 p.M. - 

Luncheon, with members of FCC as guests 

2:00 P.M. 
2:15 P.M. 

3:15 p.M. 
3:30 P.M. 

"FM Needs Promotion" - Preston Pumphrey, Maxon, Inc., 

New York 

Panel on FM Promotion - Lester H. Nafzger, WELD,Columbus, 
Ohio; Leonard L. Asch, W3CA, Schenectady; Raymond Eohn, 
Penn-Allen Broadcasting Co.,Allentonw, Pa.; W. W. 
Robertson, KTRN, Wichita Falls, Tex.; Frank E. Shopen, 
General Manager KOAD-FIJI Omaha 
General invitation to affiliate with FMA 
Business Session 

1. Committee Reports (Aims and Objectives, Everett L. 
Dillard, Chairman; Finance, Gordon Gray, Chairman; 
Membership and Nominations, F. A. Gunther, Chairmen). 

2. Report of Temporary Secretary, C. M. Jansky, Jr. 

3. Report of Temporary treasurer and Committee on 
Charter and By-Laws - Leonard H. Marks 

4. Election of Board of Directors and Officers 

5. Appointment of Permanent Committees by new Chairman 



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"Television in Mexico has caught the people’s fancy as hae 
no other 20th Century innovation", said Ralph B. Austrian, President 
of RKO Television Corporation, who has just returned from a month’s 
visit to Mexico City. "Last October a special demonstration which 
picked up the famous Mexican Bull Fights from the Plaza del Toros 
and displayed them on a battery of television receivers several miles 
away left a hugh section of the population gasping in astonishment. " 

"During the last month while I was in Mexico City", said 
Mr. Austrian, "I have had dozens of visits and conferences with many 
interests who are determined to be first with television in Mexico. 
Plans are underfoot for the establishment of a transmitter in Mexico 
City and transmitters in four other metropolises. Most of the nego¬ 
tiations are still in the confidential stage but news of the culmina¬ 
tion of plans is expected momentarily. Mexico will serve as the link 
between the United States and the South American countries in the 
establishment of a Western Hemisphere Network." 

"It is expected that television receiving sets will be 
imported into Mexico at the outset in a knocked down form and assembl¬ 
ed and cabineted there. " 

"I expect to return in January for a stay of about two 
and a half months to continue my research and consultation. I am, 
of course, arranging for production facilities for RKO Television 
Corporation. The new RKO Churu-busco Motion Picture Studios, the 
beauty of Mexican locations, the economy of operations provide an 
excellent opportunity for low cost television film production." 



An optimistic view of the radio manufacturing situation is 
taken by Thomas J. Miley, Secretary of the Commerce and Industry 
Association of New York, who says: 

"Output of radios in 1947 is likely to be 30 to 40 per cefit 
greater than in 1946, with competition keen in the small table models. 
A break in the prices of table models is expected end price reductions 
may spread to table model combination phonograph-radios. Prices of 
console sets are expected to hold through most of the year. 

"Stocks of finished radios in the hands of manufacturers 
are relatively low. Parts inventories are unbalances. The supply 
of tubes is likely to catch up with demand in the first quarter of 
1947. Some dealers report sizable inventories of smaller sets." 



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American radio manufacturers have the capacity to lead the 
world in the design, development and production of radio transmit¬ 
ters, sets, parts and tubes, and are desirous of maintaining that 
leadership, the Export Committee of the Radio Manufacturers’ Associa¬ 
tion declares in a brief filed with the U. S. Committee for Reciproc¬ 
ity Information in anticipation of reciprocal trade agreement negot¬ 
iations to be undertaken by the State Department with 18 foreign 
countries this Spring. 

Chairman A. D. Keller, of New York, on behalf of the RMA 
Export Committee, asked that trade barriers in these countries be 
withdrawn or reduced "to the point where our manufacturers will have 
a fair opportunity to compete". The Committee requested that a "most 
favored nation" clause be included in all agreements. 

"Exports have become an important part of the radio industry 
and large numbers of workers in the United States are dependent for 
their livelihood upon the continuation of this export business", the 
Committee said. 

Recalling that before the war half of the radio receiving 
sets in the world were in the United States, the Committee added: 

"Because of our large industry and mass production, we in 
the United States are in a position to appropriate large sums of money 
for engineering and research and thus have for many years been world 
leaders in radio engineering and in the development and manufacture 
of radio transmitters, sets, parts and tubes. Because of the super¬ 
iority of the American product, many people in foreign countries pre¬ 
fer American made radio equipment. We enjoy a unique oosition and 
are desirous of retaining this leadership." 

The RMA presentation, which will be followed by a hearing 
beginning January 13, states that the total value of exports in radio 
equipment and components by all U.S. radio manufacturers for the first 
nine months of 1946 was 832,901,471. 

The State Department has announced its intention to negoti¬ 
ate reciprocal trade agreements in the Soring with the following 
countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, 

CzecnoSlovakia, France, India, Lebanon (Syro-Africa, Union of Soviet 
Socialist Republics, United Kingdom, and the colonies of these nations. 


The Turkish radio has announced that an unnamed British 
firm had acquired a $28,000,000 contract to build powerful radio 
transmitters in Ankara and Istanbul. The stations, which will take 
two years to complete, will enable Turkey to communicate directly 
with all parts of the world without using foreign relays. 


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J. R. Poppele, President of the Television Broadcasters’ 
Association, Inc., in his report to members of the Association del¬ 
ivered at the Annual Meeting held yesterday morning (January 7) in 
New York, recommended that the television industry adopt a code to 
guide broadcasters in their programming at the earliest possible mo¬ 

In his report Mr. Poppele; 

1. Recommended immediate adoption of a code 

2. Reviewed television activity of 1946 

3. Told of the immediate plans of the Association 

4. Expressed his views on future operations. 

A handsomely inscribed scroll commemorating the 40th anni¬ 
versary of the invention of the "Audion" by Dr. Lee de Forest, noted 
inventor and "Father of Radio", was presented to Dr. de Forest at the 
luncheon session which highlighted the Annual Meeting. Dr. de Forest 
in accepting the presentation, offered his view on the future of tele¬ 
vision and electronics. 



Consolidated sales of International Detrola Corporation in 
November, first month of the Company’s 1947 fiscal year, were 
§5,504,140.10 and net profit after taxes was §250,317.80 for the month, 
President C. Russell Feldmann has Just disclosed. 

"December sales indicate a figure in excess of §5,000,000.00 
also", he added. 

Final audit figures for the corporation’s fiscal year ended 
October 31, 1946 showed consolidated sales of §40,810,028.22 against 
§35,244,179.76 in 1945, and net profit of §1,012,123.92 compared to 
§882,324.65 in 1945. The 1946 profit included §580,000.00 from sale 
of real estate not used in operations. 

Earnings in 1946 equalled 84 cents per share on 1,200,010 
snares as compared to 77 cents per share in 1945 on the number of 
shares outstanding at the time. 

The Company’s manufacturing operations include nine plants 
in tnis country in radio, steel, refrigeration, aircraft, and special 
macninery, and there are two Canadian manufacturing affiliates. 


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Inaugurating a new policy in its public service programming, 
effective Thursday, January 9th, the American Broadcasting Company 
will make "America’s Town Meeting of the Air" available for sponsor¬ 
ship as a network co-operative program, according to a joint announce¬ 
ment by Mark Woods, President of the ABC, and George V. Denny, Jr., 
President of Town Hall and founder and moderator of America's Town 

"Under this new policy", Mr. Woods said, "ABC assures 
listeners that ’America’s Town Meeting', will be continued on the air 
and permits individual advertisers to sponsor a national network pro¬ 
gram over their local ABC station. Local institutions may now become 
associated with a public service feature that costs and talents here¬ 
tofore have forbidden. Present indications are that organizations in 
themselves engaging in public service activities will be the ones to 
avail themselves of this opportunity," 

"America's Town Meeting", heard on ABC Thursday nights from 
8;30 to 9:30 P.M., EST, started on the network on May 30, 1935 and 
was sponsored by mh e Readers Digest Association, Inc., from September 
7, 1944 through November 29, 1945. Since that time the program has 
continued to be heard on ABC as a sustaining public service feature. 



The 1947 budget for the National Association of Broad¬ 
casters, whoch does not involve any increase in membership dues, was 
adopted in San Francisco Monday by NAB's Board of Directors. The 
radio industry association’s outlay for the current year will be 
approximately $650,000. NAB officials pointed out that this figure 
runs only slightly higher than the budget for 1946, and falls within 
"foreseeable income". Satisfaction with these financial arrangements 
was expressed by both Justin Miller, President of NAB, and the Board 
itself. Both agreed that this budget will enable NAB to fully dis¬ 
charge its responsibilities to the radio industry. 



A new electronic tube, in appearance much like an ordinary 
radio tube, but capable of measuring accurately the rapidly changing 
accelerations to wnich various parts of an airplane are subjected in 
flight, has been developed in the National Standards Bureau's Engi¬ 
neering Mechanics Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Walter Ram- 
berg. The new tube, known as the vacuum-tube acceleration pickup, is 
also proving useful in such applications as measurement of accelera¬ 
tions in portions of the body of "dummy" pilots and living subjects 
when subjected to critical acceleration during crash landings or seat- 
ejections from jet-propelled airplanes. 

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M ore Early B i rds Than Radio Ed. Anderson Tnougnt 

("Variety "7 

Following up his revelation that radio has early morning 
listeners, Stan Anderson, Cleveland Press Radio Editor, has consent¬ 
ed to serve as judge in WHK's "What I Like To Hear on the Radio 
Before 8 A.M. " contest. 

Anderson doubted radio has listeners before 8 A.M. and ask¬ 
ed those listening to WHK’s early show to call him. His line was 
jammed for hours. 

Wallace W h ite Appraised A s Successf ul But Unspecta c ular 

T"Look Magazine "j - 

Senator Wallace H. White, Jr., of Maine, is important be¬ 
cause he is destined to replace Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky 
in the post of majority leader. 

The honor comes to him largely by virtue of his seniority, 
and many predict he will find it an empty one. For the amiable and 
complacent New Englander is almost certain to find himself ground 
between the upper and nether millstones - pressured from above on 
policy matters by the Taft-dominated steering committee, while at the 
same time he is needled from below on matters of strategy and tactics 
by tne aggressive and irrepressible party whip, Senator Kenneth S. 
Wnerry of Nebraska. 

Senator White is popular with his colleagues, however, even 
if his influence is limited, and this general approval was attested 
to by his election as minority leader in the last Congress. He has 
not made himself conspicuous in legislative debate, but makes frequent 
comments from the floor in a thin, sometimes emotional voice that 
barely carries to the galleries. Such oratorical triumphs as he has 
acnieved have usually been those connected with good-humored exchanges 
of repartee with the Democratic leader, Senator Barkley. 

In the last Congress he was ranking minority member on the 
Interstate Commerce Committee and second ranking member on appropri¬ 
ations. In the new Congress he probably will elect to become Chairman 
of tne former group, since it embraces the field of communications, in 
which he has been vitally interested for many years. 

Senator White, now 69, has an unbroken record of thirty 
years’ service in Congress. He was first elected to the House of 
Representatives in 1917 and to the Senate in 1930. His current term 
is due to expire in 1949. 

Senator White’s record has been successful although un¬ 
spectacular, and it has been marked by undeviating loyalty to Republi¬ 
can aims and policies. 

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B 3G Bars Television By Hypnotists; Judges Go I n to Tranc e 

[United press ) 

The Britisn Broadcasting Corporation experimented with a 
television program featuring a British hypnotist in London but drop¬ 
ped the idea quickly when four of tne six judges fell under the 
hypnotist's spell and went into a trance. 

When the judges were shaken into wakefulness they told tne 
hypnotist, Peter Casson, that he was so good they could not consider 
putting him on a urogram broadcast to the oublic. 

"We consider it would be too dangerous", they said. 

Mr. Casson was auditioned on an internal studio network in 
television headquarters at Alexandra Palace, in keening with the 
oolicy of trying ell programs for audience reaction before passing 
them on to the public. Mr. Css son fixed his staring eyes on the lens 
of a television camera and murmured soothingly: "You are going to 
sleep. You are going to sleep. " 

Across the hall in another room a studio girl employee 
switched on the set to see what was happening. She fell asleep. Mr. 
Casson's television announcer, Miss Gillian Webb, also fell asleep as 
she watched him perform. 

One of the four sleeping judges was snoring gently when 
Cesson finished nis audition. All those who fell under the spell 
were awakened by shaking. 

In his audition, Mr. Casson said, he fixed the attention 
of the audience by talking to them. 

"There was a closeup of my face, but it was mainly sound 
which did it", he explained. 

Since tne BBC traditionally is a butt of British wit, the 
wags already are at work. They suggest that Mr. Casson be hired to 
hypnotize BBC audiences into staying awake. 

W hy They Bet On S enator White 
(Doris Fleeson in '•'Washington Star") 

The case of Senator White provides an instructive lesson 
in Government as it is actually practiced. Ordinarily a contest for 
a Committee chairmanship is a political dilemma chiefly but interst¬ 
ate and foreign commerce has immense powers over vast networks of 
transportation, communications and radio. These industries view with 
alarm the stern New England Tobey conscience; except for the railroads 

they are hardly less affrighted by the rather unorthodox Mr. Reed of 

The lobbyists are the busiest men in the Caoital, organiz¬ 
ing support behind the veteran Senator White wnom they know to be 
experienced, safe and sane. Far and wide they are sending uo one of 
Mr. Tobey* s own Macedonian cries - and it is, according to all re¬ 
ports - being answered in a big way. Hence the betting on Senator 


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Contingent upon negotiations of contracts with hotels and 
other groups concerned, the National Association of Broadcasters’ 
Board decided that Atlantic City, N.J. would be the site for the 1947 
annual NAB convention. The week of September 15th was tentatively 
agreed upon as the time for this yearly membership meeting. 

New receivers which feature a twin amplifier-speaker for 
adjusting the ratio between high and low notes in reception to suit 
individual taste will be featured in the expanded 1947 radio produc¬ 
tion program scheduled by Electronic Laboratories, Inc. , Indianapolis. 
These new receivers will be given the brand name "Orthosonic". Produ¬ 
ction of the currently offered six-tube receiver will continue but 
the main emphasis will be on eight and twelve tube models. 

James L. Fly, former Chairman of the Federal Communications 
Commission, and Edward F. McG-rady, former Assistant Secretary of 
Labor, now RCA Vice-President in Charge of labor relations, have been 
selected by the U. S. Labor Department, along with 24 other specially 
skilled conciliators, as trouble snooters in labor disputes. 

Tne Supreme Court has agreed to decide whetner dance band 
leaders or the owners of ballrooms where they play must cay the 
Federal social security taxes of band members. 

The ruling will determine in part the validity of contracts 
by James C. Petrillo's American Federation of Musicians (AFL). Ball¬ 
room and night club owners engaging AFM musicians are required to 
sign a standard contract stating that tney are the ’’employers" of 
tne orchestra for the duration of the engagement. 

Production of radio receiving tubes in November reached a 
new peak of 21,623,077, which was just above the October figure and 
previous high of 21,183,524, the Radio Manufacturers’ Association has 

Of the November output, 14,063,896 tubes were for new sets 
and 6,514,681 for reolacements. The remainder wrere for exoort and 
government agencies. Total receiving tube oroduction for 11 months 
in 1946, through November, was 180,743,639. 

Station WQ,Q,W, 2627 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. , Washington, 
joined the District’s radio air waves Sunday afternoon with a three- 
hour inaugural jjrogram, reiterating its pledge to emohasize "good 
music" and to de-emphasize advertising. 

During the broadcast station officials announced a contest 
to determine wrhether listeners preferred classical to popular music 
on programs. 

A demonstration of television was a feature attraction for 
the 26th annual New Year's reception for Chicago Tribune and WG-N 
employees and members of their families by Col. Robert R. McCormick. 
Mrs. McCormick assisted in receiving the more than 2,000 guests. 

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Gordon E. Riley, of Camden, N.J. , General Traffic Manager 
of the Radio Corporation of America, and former m re ffi c Manager for 
the United States Gypsum Company, died in Camden, N.J. , Sunday, Jan¬ 
uary 5th, at the age of 48. 

Mr. Riley, who had been with the RCA for the last year, was 
a member of the New York and Chicago Traffic Clubs end the National 
Industrial Traffic League. He leaves a widow, Zelda, and a daughter. 

Magnavox Company - Nine months to November 30: Earnings of 
$1,470,770, or $2.94 each on 500,000 shares outstanding, conroared 
with $325,798 or 78 cents each on 416,778 shares in similar ueriod 
of previous year. Sales were $16,860,543, compared with 811,326,545, 
Ricnard A. O'Connor, president, reported. 

Although tne Senate refused to seat Senator Bilbo of Miss¬ 
issippi, the Federal Communications Commission last month awarded a 
new radio station to friends of the Senator. 

The new station was given to the Rebel Broadcasting Co. 
of Jackson, Miss. Drew Pearson reports; "Its officers are: Allen 
Lacey, wno makes Bilbo's office a constant place of call while in 
Wasnington, and Charles Russell, a leader of tne Mississippi delega¬ 
tion whicii nearly walked out of the 1944 Democratic convention in 
Cnicago because Franklin D. Roosevelt won the presidential nomina¬ 
tion. The conroeny's lawyer is Forrest Jackson, who represented Bilbo 
last month before the Kilgore Committee." 

Five retail and radio industry leaders were named to act as 
judges for the annual radio contest sponsored by the National Retail 
Dry Goods' Association. This year's contest is the first of a yearly 
series planned by the retailers' organization. 

This year the retailers at the convention will devote an 
entire session to the subject "Radio for Retailers". 

The first American broadcasters ever accused of treason 
were denied bail in 3oston Monday, January 6th by the Federal Court. 

Judge Francis J. w. Ford postponed their arraignment and 
granted them time to obtain counsel before entering pleas to indict¬ 
ments charging them with wilfully and traitorously aiding the Nazis 
through broadcasts beamed to the United States from Germany during 
the war. No date was set for the trial, but it is exoected to start 
in Aoril. 

Conviction of treason carries a mandatory death penalty. 
u handler, a native of Chicago, and Best, who was born in South Carol¬ 
ina, were indicted December 3Gth by a Federal Grand Jury in Boston. 

The Mutual Network announces Pittsburgh's Annual Stephen 
Foster Memorial Program for Sunday, January 12th at 3:00 P.M.SST, 
originating from Station EQ.V, Pittsburgh, Pa. The program wall be 
carried by 150 stations in 48 States and will consist of a half hour 
program of Stephen Foster songs. 

Ten students of journalism at the University of Tulsa eac 
interviewed ten newspaper readers. One question and tne reply was: 
Do you rely more upon newspaper or radio for your news? 
Newspaper: 41; Radio: 36; Both: 16; News Magazines: 2. 

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To bey To Put Steam Behind Bill To Probe FCC; FM Change.1 

FM Called $100,000,000 Biz; 700 Stations Seen In 1947.2 

Harold Ryan 1 s Explanation Wins Confidence Vote Fbr BMB.4 

Sen. Burton Wheeler To Go To Bat For Zenith In RCA Suit.5 

House 0.0.P. Names Interstate Commerce Committee Members.6 

Francis White Elected Director Of I. T. & T.6 

TV Enters Industry; Utiliscope To Increase Efficiency.7 

President Asks $7,300,000 For FCC - For What?. 

WIND To Breeze In This Summer With New $150,000*Studios 

GE Turns Out 100 FIJI Transmitters; Most -Go To Newspapers.9 

What If A Broadcaster Ran His Business Like This?.! 11 ] [ [ [ 9 

Wasnington Firemen Watch N.Y. Harbor Blaze By Television....... 10 

Poppele Re-Elected Head Of Television Broadcasters’ Assn..10 

Vice-president Kiggins Of ABC Resigns.11 

Tropical Radio Gets Industry Radar Sales Rights. .*11 

Cnicago Radio In Enviable Advertising Position 1 ’ - McLaughlin. . 11 

Senate Considers Continuance Of Small Business Committee.12 

Oversea.6 Radio Telephone Celebrates 20th Birthday...12 

Scissors And Paste. 13 

Trade Notes. i c, 

No. 1758 



January 15, 1947 


Senator Charles W. Tobey (R), of New Hampshire, will soon 
reintroduce his resolution calling for a "full and complete" in¬ 
vestigation of the Federal Communications Commission with regard 
to control and censorship, if any, of programs and the allocations 
of frequencies to broadcasting stations. In connection with the 
latter it has been learned that teeth will be added to a clause 
demanding there be further inquiry into the reasons why the FCC 
moved FM upstairs from the 50 megacycle band to 100 megacycle in 
the face of bitter opposition on the part of Major Edwin Armstrong, 
Inventor of FM, and against the engineering advice of practically 
the entire radio manufacturing industry. Senator Tobey's interest 
in this dates back to last year when he personally attended the 
reallocation hearings and expressed himself in no uncertain terms 
regarding the change. The Democrats were in power, however, and 
there wasn't much he could do about it at that time. 

Senator Tobey's renewal of the fight against the FM re¬ 
allocation follows closely the reintroduction last week by Repre¬ 
sentative William Lemke ( r), of North Dakota, of his resolution to 
restore FM to the 50 me. band. 

Another indication of an FCC going-over was the introduc¬ 
tion last week by Representative Clarence J. 3rown (R), of Ohio, 
of a bill to establish a Commission on the Organization of the 
Executive Branch of the Government to conduct a thorough investi¬ 
gation of all departments, commissions and independent offices. 

This, of course, would include the FCC. 

At the same time reports from Capitol Hill are that 
several members of the House are continuing to draft a bill which 
would abolish the FCC as now constituted and put in a five-man 
Board in its stead. 

According to present information, Senator Tobey's newest 
resolution will read somewhat as follows: 

"Resolved, That the Committee on Interstate Commerce, or 
any duly authorized subcommittee thereof, is authorized and direct¬ 
ed to make a full and complete investigation with respect to (1) 
the exercise of control by the Federal Communications Commission 
over radio broadcasting programs and the extent to wnich said Com¬ 
mission claims to have the right, and exercises the right, to censor 
or control the operating and program policies of radio broadcasting 
stations, and the extent to which such censorship or control has 
restricted or may restrict freedom of speech in radio broadcasting 
as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; (S) the 
effect upon the public interest of such censorship and control or 
attempted censor-shin or control; (3) the manner in which the Com¬ 
mission has administered the matter of allocation of frequencies 
to broadcasting stations; (4) the effect which the Commission's 


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order transferring frequency modulation from its former position 
in tlie 50 megacycle band of the radio spectrum to the 100 mega¬ 
cycle band and reducing and limiting power of F.M. broadcasting 
stations will have on the rural population of our States and whether 
said order has resulted in or caused discrimination against the 
farmers of America by reducing the efficiency of frequency modula¬ 
tion radio reception; (5) the effect of such order generally on 
frequency modulation broadcasting and whether such order makes pos¬ 
sible an adequate allocation of frequencies to such type of broad¬ 
casting; (6) the reasons for the issuing of such order together 
with the effect thereof on the public generally and the radio manu¬ 
facturing and broadcasting industries and also the effect of such 
order on the measure or extent of control of radio broadcasting by 
said Federal Communications Commission and (?) the administration 
generally by the federal Communications Commission of those provi¬ 
sions of the Commission's Act of 1934, as amended, which relate in 
any manner to radio communication. The committee shall report to 
the Senate, at the earliest practicable date, the results of its 
investigation, together with its recommendations, if any, for 
necessary legislation. " • 


FM CALLED $100,000,000 BIZ; ?00 STATIONS SEEN IN 1947 

One speaker seemed to outdo another in rosy predictions 
at a rousing organization meeting of the new FM Association, attend¬ 
ed by 300 broadcasters in Washington last week, which would up by 
electing Roy M. Kofheinz, operator of KTHT-KOPY(FM), of Houston, 
Texas, President. 

Major Edwin Armstrong, inventor of FM, and whose name 
oddly enough alpnabetically headed the list of delegates, declared 
the FM set business alone has a potential value of $100,000,000 a 
year; that the public will buy FM receivers as fast as the manu¬ 
facturers can turn them out. 

Hardly less optimistic, apparently, was no less a poten¬ 
tate than Charles R. Denny, Jr. , Chairman of the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission, who predicted by the end of 1947 there would be 
more than 700 FM stations on the air. 

"I base this ore dietion on these figures: You have 136 
stations on the air now", Chairman Denny said. "The Commission has 
granted permits for the construction of 400 additional stations. 

They are required under our rules to get on the air within the year. 
That will make 536. In addition we have 199 conditional grants 
which soon will be converted into construction permits. Also we 
have 118 applications in hearing and decisions on many of these can 
be expected in the near future. Finally, 174 applications are pend¬ 
ing and these are being processed at the rate of 50 a month. That's 
a "backlog of 491 applications in various stages of orocessing. I 


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estimate that at least 200 of tnose can be given final grants in 
time to go on the air in the next 12 months. That would make 736 
FM stations by next Christmas. * * * * 

’’Only 48 FM stations were on the air when war came. All 
honor to them. They gave Americans their first taste of just how 
good radio can be when it comes through the ether with all the glory 
of unlimited tonal range and unmarred by atmospheric and man-made 
static. These pioneer stations were the proving ground for FM and 
I trust that their names will always be given their due prominence 
in FM*s hall of fame.* * * 

"A question which has been bothering a number of FM appli¬ 
cants and prospective applicants is whether it will be possible for 
one individual or concern to have two FM stations so located that 
their service areas overlap. If so, how much overlap will be tol¬ 
erated. Up to now we have made a number of grants which involved 
some overlap of the 50 uv/m contours. Now we are being asked in 
several pending cases to make grants which would result in an over¬ 
lap of a small percent of the 1000 uv/m - which of course means a 
very substantial overlap of the 50 uv/m contours. We don’t know 
whether it would be wise to permit such an overlap. Maybe there 
are some cases where on the facts it should be allowed and maybe 
there are other cases where it should not be authorized. We desire 
to fashion an intelligent and consistent policy. Therefore we are 
today requesting oral argument in some nine groups of cases which 
involve overlaps which are troubling us. By getting the story on 
all of these situations in one series of arguments we hope to be 
able to formulate a clear and satisfactory policy. * * * 

"One industry leader has pice dieted that the percentage 
of sets produced in 1947 which will contain FM will be between 15 
and 20 percent witn the production curve getting up to 30 percent 
toward the end of tne year. Let us hope that his prediction proves 
too conservative. I am sure that this association will do every¬ 
thing in its power to break this critical FM bottleneck.* * * 

"To date the Commission has received almost one thousand 
applications. I think that is a most encouraging demonstration of 
the interest of broadcasters in FM, especially when we realize that 
that figure almost equals the number of AM stations on the air. 

"Seventy percent of these applications have been from AM 
stations. Eleven percent were from non-AM newspaper interests. 

The remaining 19 percent were from applicants without either AM or 
newspaper interests. I was interested to learn that in this group 
the most numerous applicants were engineers, lawyers and doctors. 

I don't know why." 

The Radio Manufacturers' Association will place special 
emphasis on the advantages of FM reception throughout its $50,000 
campaign to promote "A Radio for Every Room — A Radio for Every 
Purpose", Edward R. Taylor, Chairman of the RMA sub—committee in 
charge of the drive, told the FM Association. 


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FM broadcasting opens an entire new field of radio enter¬ 
tainment, Mr. Taylor pointed out, and offers a compelling reason for 
every family to increase the number of radios in its home. The in¬ 
creased number of radio stations which FM is bringing on the air, 
he added, makes it more imperative to have additional radio receiv¬ 
ers in the home so that every member of the family may tune in his 
favorite program, if necessary, at the same time. 

Other officials elected by the FM Associated besides 
Judge Hofheinz, President, are: Everett L. Dillard, Station WASH-FM, 
in Washington and KOZY in Kansas City, Vice-President; Frank Gunther, 
Radio Engineering Laboratories, of Long Island City, N.Y., Secretary, 
and Arthur Freed, Freed Radio Corporation, of New York, Treasurer. 

J. N. Bailey ("Bill'’ Bailey), of Washington was named 
Executive Director of the organization and will resign as Associate 
Editor of Broadcasting magazine to assume his new duties February 1. 

Directors are: Wayne Coy of WINX (FM), Wa shington Post 
station; C. M. Jansky, Jr., of Jansky & Bailey, Washington consult¬ 
ing engineers; W. R. David, General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y.; 
Stanley W. Ray, Jr., WRCM, New Orleans, La.; Leonard L. Asch, WEZA, 
of Schenectady; R. Kohn, WFMZ, Allentown, Pa. ; Gordon Gray, WMIT-, 
WSJS, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Ira Hirschmann, WABF, of New York; 

E. J. Kodel, WCFC, Beckley, W. Va.; Judge Hofheinz, Messrs. Dillard, 
and Gunther. 



The Board of Directors of the National Association of 
Broadcasters at San Francisco passed a resolution expressing con¬ 
fidence in the work being done by the Broadcast Measurement Bureau. 

After J. Harold Ryan, Chairman of Board of BMB, reported 
to NAB policy making group in answer to questions directed to BMB 
by NAB Board at its October meeting, the following resolution was 
adopte d: 

"Be it resolved by the NAB Board of Directors that we 
express sincere thanks to the BMB for the complete, constructive 
and frank answers to the questions asked by this Board in its reso¬ 
lution of October 25, 194B, and we further express complete and full 
confidence in, and commendation of the work and progress which BMB 
has made in fulfilling the original objectives, and we believe that 
continued consideration should be given to the use of these data 
and improvement in techniques in preparation for the next nation 
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Although no publicity has been given out on it by either 
side, it is believed that the patent suit filed by the Zenith Radio 
Corporation against the Radio Corporation of America at Wilmington 
last month, if it comes to trial, may prove to be one of the most 
Important patent litigations in the history of the radio industry. 

The latest development in the case is zenith retaining 
former Senator Burton K. Wheeler, of Montana, as its Washington 
counsel. As far as known, Zenith is the No. 1 client of Senator 
Wheeler since the latter*s recent retirement from the Senate. The 
supposition is, therefore, that he will put up a real fight to win 
his first case. Also, it is believed that because of his well-known 
views on the subject, he will welcome the opportunity of an alleged 
anti-trust suit to try out his talents as a private practitioner. 

Shortly after the new Congress convened, Senator Wheeler 
announced that he and his son Edward K. Wheeler had opened a law 
office in Washington in the Southern Building at 15th and H Streets, 
N. W., a block north of the Treasury. The firm is using the name 
Wheeler & Wneeler. 

The younger Wheeler, who is 33, has been a member of the 
law firm of Vesey, Wneeler & Prince in Washington since 1942. He 
said that firm was dissolved as of December 31, 1946. He said he 
and his father, who is 64, will conduct a general practice. 

Defeated for renomination in the recent Montana primary, 
the elder Wheeler served in the Senate for four terms, during which 
time he became Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Committee which 
handles all radio and communication matters in the upper legislat¬ 
ive body. In 1924 he was a candidate for Vice President on the 
Progressive Party ticket headed by the late Robert M. LaFollette. 

The rumor still persists that if Attorney General Tom 
Clark is to retire, as has been reported many times, that President 
Truman has selected Senator Wheeler to succeed him. Wheeler served 
as U. S. District Attorney of Montana from 1913-16. 

The complaint filed at Wilmington last month stated that 
Zenith Radio Corporation had a license from the Radio Corporation 
expiring December 31, 1946, and has manufactured radios for sale in 
the United States and foreign countries and that it intends to con¬ 
tinue such manufacture and sale after the expiration of this lic¬ 
ense. It stated that the Radio Corporation has indicated that the 
patents it owns or controls, or under which it has the right to 
gra.nt licenses, number in the thousands and had threatened Zenith 
with suit for infringemeiit if Zenith continued to manufacture radio 
apparatus after December 31, 1946, without renewing its license. 
However, Zenith pointed out in its complaint that none of the pat¬ 
ents under which rights are available from R. C. A. have been adjudic¬ 
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Zenith lists something over one hundred patents which 
RCA has asked it to mark on its sets, and states that only fif¬ 
teen radio and television patents have even colorable relevency 
to the sets it makes. The U. S. District Court of Delaware, in 
which State RCA is incorporated, is asked to declare these fif¬ 
teen television and radio patents invalid, and not infringed, as 
well as any other patents that RCA may assert against Zenith. 



The following is the assignment of the Republicans in 
the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee", which group 
considers radio and communications legislation in the lower branch 
of Congress: 

Charles A. Wolverton, N.J. (Chairman); Carl Hinshaw, 
Calif.; Evan Howell, Ill.; Leonard W. Hall, N.Y.; Joseph P. O'Hara, 
Minn.; Wilson D. Gillette, Pa.; Robert Hale, Me.; Harris Ellsworth, 
Oreg, ; Marion T. Bennett, Mo.; John W. Heselton, Mass.; James I. 
Dolliver, Iowa; Edward J. Elsaesser, N.Y. ; William J. Miller, Conn.; 
Hugh D, Scott, Jr., Pa.; John B. Bennett, Mich.; Henderson H. Carson, 



Francis White, Vice President of the International Tele¬ 
phone and Telegraph Corporation, has been elected a Director of 
the Company. Mr. White, who has been in charge of I. T. & T.'s 
properties in Spain for the past year, is also a Vice-President 
of the International Standard Electric Corporation, the affiliate 
of I. T. & T. engaged in manufacturing operations in many foreign 
countrie s. 

Prior to his association with the International Telephone 
and Telegraph Corooration, Mr. White was active in Government ser¬ 
vice. He entered the Diplomatic service of the United States 
Government in 1915 and was assigned to the U. S. Embassy at Peking, 
China. In March, 1922, he ms placed in charge of the Latin Ameri¬ 
can Division of the U. S. Department of State. From 1926 to 1927 

he was Counsellor of Embassy and Charge d'Affaires in Madrid, and 
from 1927 to 1933 served as Assistant Secretary of State after 
which he was American Minister to Czechoslovakia. FPllowing this, 
Mr. White served as President of the Foreign Bondholders' Protect¬ 
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One of the first successful uses of television in industry 
has been disclosed by the Farnsworth Television & Radio Corporation 
of Fort Wayne, Ind. , and the Diamond Power Specialty Corporation of 
Detroit, Mich., who collaborated in developing for commercial use a 
sight-transmitting system known as the Utiliscope. 

The Utiliscope, which is expected to play an important 
part in increasing efficiency fend safety in industry, has been in 
practical operation the past nine months at Consolidated Edison’s 
giant Hell Gate Station Power Plant in New York. 

The Utiliscope shows, on a screen similar to that of a 
home television receiver, an exact picture of something currently 
taking place at a remote or inaccessible point. This televised 
picture is produced by 60 individual image fields a second, as 
compared with 48 in sound motion pictures. Moving and changing 
simultaneously with the operation it reproduces, the oicture is 
continuous, and there is no measurable time lag between its trans¬ 
mission and reception. 

At Hell Gate Station, the Utiliscope is being used to 
show the water level in a boiler remotely located from the main 
control room. A photo-electric camera focused on the water-level 
gauge continuously transmits the picture to the associated control 
panel where the SOO-line image is reproduced on a screen. 

This permits observers in the control room to keep a con¬ 
stant check on the boiler 325 feet away. Not only are the boiler 
and main control room separated by a distance greater than an aver¬ 
age city block, but also by eight floors, a building wall and various 
otner obstructions. 

Gauges on large boilers such as the one at Hell Gate must 
be under direct visual surveillance at all times, because expensive 
damage can be caused if water in the boilers rises too high or drops 
too low. Lofty heights of the boiler drums and line-of-sight ob¬ 
structions such as galleries and piping often make direct surveil¬ 
lance of gauges difficult for workers, hut the Utiliscope has solved 
this problem. 

Use of the Utiliscope in large power plants such as the 
Hell Gate Station is one of numerous important applications for 
which it is suitable in increasing industrial operating efficiency 
and safety. It is expected to be valuable in the conduct of danger¬ 
ous research experiments visually from a safe distance, and in the 
observation of dangerous processes involving radioactive substance 
in atomic power plants. 

Industrial technicians say the Utiliscope also is ideal 
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steel industry’s big furnaces; the inside of oil wells; the condi¬ 
tion of pipelines and their pressure pumps; temperature gauges in 
large warehouses, especially those involving refrigeration, and 
readings on electric meters at remote points. 

The Utiliscope has fewer tubes than a good radio set, 
and except for the camera pickup tube, all its tubes are standard 
types easily available. 


You can almost hear the Republicans sharpening their 
axes as they ask that question. 

It hasn't been so long ago, talking to one of the great 
radio authorities of the country, now retired, and recalling the 
old days when Secretary of Commerce Hoover, with his assistants, 
the late Judge S. B. Davis and William Terrell handled all the 
radio licenses, that the writer asked if he believed these three 
men could do the same thing today. The expert replied, "Sure. The 
FCC is now one of the most swollen political Christmas trees in 
Washington. " 

Which is food for thought in view of President Truman's 
asking for $7,300,000 to run the Commission for the next year - a 
new peacetime high. 

Representative Taber (R) , of New York, House Appropria¬ 
tions High Executioner, commenting on the fact that the President's 
budget only proposes a reduction from our present 2,300,000 to 
2,089,000 of civilian employees, said: 

"Just so we may have a picture of some of the civilian 
activities of the Government and what has been presented to us, I 
call your attention to the estimate for the Federal Communications 
Commission, an increase in personnel from 892 in Washington to 
1,068 - 25 percent and enormous quantities of money. " 



Station WIND in Chicago will take possession of its new 
studios in the Wrigley Building, 400 North Michigan Avenue, May 1, 
according to Ralph L. Atlass, General Manager. WIND will occupy 
9,000 sq. ft. on the second floor with four large RCA-equipped 

Remodeling new location cost is estimated at $150,000, 

Mr. Atlass said, with WIND to begin operation from new studios 
sometime in August. 





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General Electric will ship its 100th FM radio broadcast 
transmitter from its Syracuse, N.Y. plant this week, becoming, it 
was said, the first company to reach the century production mark 
in this expanding new radio field. 

Meanwhile G-. E. Transmitter Division employees are work¬ 
ing to fill more than 100 additional orders for these FM units, 
James D. McLean; Manager of this Division's sales, said. 

Rated to three kilowatts, the 100th transmitter will be 
shipped to the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin's station WPEN-FM. 

A phasitron tube development has simplified circuits 
and enables the new FM transmitters to operate on fewer tubers, Mr. 
McLean added. Newspapers and broadcasters have received most of 
the 100 units made in Schenectady, although some have gone to 
colleges and universities, he said. 



What a squawk there would be if it were announced that 
no patents would be granted for the next three months until the 
Patent Office got caught up with its work or that the Supreme Court 
would suddenly stop taking new cases for the same reason. 

Yet the Federal Communications Commission calmly announces 
that there will be a three-month freeze of standard broadcast sta¬ 
tion licenses for new or changed facilities to permit Commission 
engineers to clear away a log-jam of applications already on hand. 

Since the new Congress seems to be in an investigating 
mood and since it is no doubt an authority on log-jamming, as well 
as log-rolling, the bogging down of the FCC in its handling of 
broadcast applications might well be something for the Republicans 
to look into. 

Sol Taishoff observes in Broadcasting that if the FCC 
had paid less attention to program matters which they have no power 
to censor, they might not be so far behind with station applica¬ 



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Officials of the Washington, D. C. Fire Department witness¬ 
ed a telecast of the six million dollar fire which swept the piers 
of the New York Harbor area at Weehawken, New Jersey last week. 

Pictures of the spectacular blaze, transmitted from NBC’s 
television station WNBT in New York were shown on television re¬ 
ceivers in the studios of Station WRC in the Capital. Fireboats 
were seen ramming blazing piers to get closer to the fire, pouring 
on tons of water as gray and black smoke billowed up over the New 
York skyline. During New York's worst harbor fire in many years, 
Manhattan to Weehawken ferry boats were seen plying back and forth 
picking up and unloading commuting passengers close to the burning 
dock area. 

The potential use of television for reporting fires was 
discovered accidently last Summer when a twin engined RCA television 
plane took off from Anacostia to observe a staged "invasion" by 
Marines on the Lower Potomac. En route, the television camera in 
the nose of the plane focused on a minor brush fire in the woods 
near Qpantico. The fire and the landing operations were seen 
clearly on television screens at the Anacostia. Naval air station 
during the Navy-RCA airborne television demonstration. 



J. R. Poppele, Vice-President, Secretary and Chief Engi¬ 
neer of the Bamberger Broadcasting Service, was re-elected President 
of the Television Broadcasters' Association, Inc. for a third term. 
Two new Directors were elected to the Board. They are John F. Royal, 
Vice-President in Charge of Television for the National Broadcast¬ 
ing Company, who replaces 0. B. Hanson of NBC, and Frank P. 

Schreiber, General Manager of WGN, Inc., of Chicago. Paul Raibourn, 
Vice-President of Paramount Pictures, Inc., and head of Television 
Products, Inc., whose term as a Director had expired, was reelected. 

Other officers of the Association include G. Emerson Mark- 
nam, General Manager of WRGB, Schenectady, Vice-President; Will 
Baltin, Secretary-Treasurer; Paul Raibourn, Paramount Pictures, 
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. 

In his address to the annual meeting, Mr. Poppele emphas¬ 
ized the need for expert programming in the television field, call¬ 
ing it the most "undeveloped" feature of television today. "The 
social responsibility that goes with television programming is far 
greater than in any visual medium", Mr. Poppele said, explaining 
that video reaches into every home and affects every individual 
the re. 



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Keith Kiggins last Friday announced his resignation as 
Vice-president of the American Broadcasting Company. He will 
announce his future plans at en early date. 

Mr. Kiggins has been identified with the development of 
ABC and its predecessor, the Blue Network, since 1935. In sub¬ 
mitting his resignation, Mr. Kiggins said, "I want to express my 
deep appreciation for the warm friendship and helpful cooperation 
that I have always received from the other officers, the staff, and 
ABC affiliated station owners and operators. I extend to Ed Noble, 
Mark Woods and their associates every good wish. Under their 
guidance, ABC has become a great network, growing greater every 
day. Its future is in expert hands.” 

Mr. Kiggins is retaining his financial interest in the 
c ompany. .; /.. 



Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Tropical Radio 
Service Corporation, a subsidiary of United Fruit Company, announc¬ 
ed from Baltimore an agreement whereby the latter company will sell 
install and service Westinghouse marine radar equipment throughout 
the shipping industry. 

The first equipment to be supplied Tropical will be a con 
tinuous-plan position indicator, which gives a ship's bridge a 
picture of traffic and shoreline conditions throughout a range of 
from 100 yards to thirty-two miles. 



Chicago radio during 1947 will be 
able position, according to Roy McLaughlin, 
and operated Station WENR and Manager of ABC 
sales. This is occasioned by the prevailing 
retail merchants in radio as an advertising 
believes, both from an institution-building 
price merchandise. 

’’While I do not anticipate a drop in re tional spot busi¬ 
ness”, he said, "there will be more time available during the new 
year for commercial sales locally. ” 

in an unusually envi- 
Manager of ABC-owned 
Central Division spot 
confidence of Chicago 
medium, Mr. McLaughlin 
angle and the sale of 


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The Senate Small Business Committee issued a statement 
in Washington absolving newspaper organizations from the charge 
that they had opposed the inquiry into problems of small dailies 
including radio and had exerted pressure to cancel the hearing 
scheduled for January 7th. 

Witnesses who had been scheduled to appear included 
Charles Denny, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, 
James L. Fly, former Chairman of the FCC, and W. G. H, Finch, 
President of the Finch Telecommunications Company. 

The life of the Small Business Committee will expire at 
the end of this month and a resolution which would set up a new 
Committee of the same character to the end that it might continue 
the program in aid of small business is now under consideration by 
the Senate. 



The twentieth anniversary of the first overseas radio- 
pnone circuit, which was opened January 7, 1927, with a single 
talking channel between New York and London, was celebrated in 
New York Tuesday, January 7th, by the American Telephone and Tele¬ 
graph Company which staged a rapid-fire exchange of greetings and 
comments between New York and Europe, South America and Hawaii. 

For more than an hour, telephone executives and guests 
assembled in the great Overseas Room central of the Long Lines 
Building, 32 Avenue of the Americas, discussed the day's topics, 
or just listened in, as many channels were shifted rapidly between 
New York, London, Frankfort on the Main, Buenos Aires and Honolulu. 

The first "commercial" call in 1927 was between Adolph S. 
Ochs, late publisher of the N ew York Times , and Geoffrey Dawson, 
of The Times of London. 

A New York to London call in those days cost §75 for three 
minutes. It is now $12 on weekdays and $9 on Sundays and holidays. 


Two radio exhibitions are schedules for London this year. 
One will be by the Radio Components Manufacturers' Association 
from March 7 to 14, and another October 1 to 11, 1947. 


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N ew Radi o Set Tester Usets Pro xi mity Fuse Tube 

( "Sylvania News 1 *)* 

Sylvsnia reports the use of its Polymeter for convenient 
and accurate measuring of a wide range of voltage, current and 
resistance values found in home radio receivers, EM and television 
sets, and many types ofindustrial electronic apparatus. 

Designed oarticularly for accurate measurement of electr¬ 
ical conditions in circuit components operating with power, audio 
and radio frequencies up to 300 me., the new instrj^ent permits 
radio and electronic repairmen to quickly isolate condensers, coils 
and resistors when faults occur and check circuit operation after 
replacements are made. An unusually compact vacuum tube probe is 
provided for modern signal tracing technique. Eirst to employ a 
tiny proximity fuse type tube, Sylvania has produced a midget, 
thumbsize probe utilizing the tyoe 1247 proximity fuse type tube. 

Would Separate News From Commercials 

( ''New York Times**) 

The sponsored program is a phenomenon of the radio in¬ 
dustry for which no individual or set of individuals deserves cred¬ 
it or blame. Radio advertising just happened to develop in such a 
way that the sponsor's message customarily is related to and ident¬ 
ified with a specific program content. This contrasts with the 
periodical and newspaper method, in which the advertiser is not 
related to or connected with or concerned about the news and edi¬ 
torial messages with which his copy appears in juxtaposition. 

The relationship between a news or comment program and 
its sponsor may be something a great deal more serious. The adver¬ 
tiser, under these circumstances, has the power to take off the air 
part of the news and opinion a station furnishes. No newspaper 
would tolerate for a moment such control of its news and its opin¬ 
ions. The newspaper or magazine advertiser can take out his adver¬ 
tising, but he cannot take along with it the news, editorials or 
features alongside the advertising. As long as the radio advertis¬ 
er has the power to do this, radio stations will face the sort of 
criticism they have had in the past few weeks as the result of the 
withdrawal of several commentators whose sponsors have quit,* * * 

Advertisers are being permitted to say what news is to be 
put on the air and who is to put it on the air. The power and res¬ 
ponsibility of such a choice is not properly put into their hands 

Radio might well consider the precedent of the press and 
separate completely its commercial and news content. Jack Gould, 
discussing the problem in this newspaper's columns, has suggested 
entirely separate commercials before or after news and comment per¬ 
iods but without any sponsorship conne ction. This is one logical 
alternative to a system that casts doubt on the impartiality of sta¬ 
tions and newscasters. 

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Memphis P isk J ockey Blo ws Up 


A disk Jockey who "blew his top" in the early hours of a 
Sunday morning WHHM, Memphis, had local radio people in a turmoil. 

Cecil J. (Charlie) Fike, a Texan with a long record of 
overseas service, came to Memphis four months ago. Unable to find 
a home for his wife and two children here, he became dissatisfied 
(this is Fike’s explanation) and on Sunday morning between records 
went into quite aharangue about politicians kicking around the 
veterans, directing particular abuse against E. H. Crump, political 
boss of Memphis and Shelby County 

Listeners flooded the station with calls complaining, 
many saying Fike had become profane in his running verbal attack. 

The Press-Scimitar detailed a portion of the Fike chatter at the 
mike thus: 

"Here I am at the mike with nobody to hear me but the 
engineer...Crump, are you listening - you?... As for the political 
gang, oh, well, I won’t go into that. They seem to be for Just 
about the same thing we’re for...OK, I’ll try to keep it clean. 

I'll stay within the FCC...If I can save five lives it’s worth it. 
You will never hear from me again. I am saying everything I want 
to say. There are four phones ringing right now. O.K., listeners, 
let’s see who’s listening...You’re pitching for me, eh? You’re a 
veteran? Well, this is a guy babbling his heart out. God bless 
you. We’re getting away with something we will never get away with 
again. " 

McDonald, WHHM Manager, already ill with flu, fired Fike 
almost immediately after hearing the reports, then went back to bed 
with a rising temperature. Fike said, just before leaving town to 
return to Texas, "I wanted to get fired. I was fed up with the way 
the veterans are being pushed around, especially in the matter of 
nousing. I didn't mean to use any profanity, but I don’t regret one 
word I said. " 

Hedda Tries To Outwit Radio Lawyer s 
(Collie Small in "Saturday Evening Post") 

Hedda Hopper’s radio scripts are carefully culled for 
libelous material by a lawyer representative of the network - a 
practice Miss Hopper considers very offensive. Last year she hired 
a second lawyer to keep an eye on the first one. For a while she 
tried planting outrageously phony items in the script to divert the 
network lawyer from the items she really intended to sneak into the 
broadcast. Encountering only moderate success in this plot, she 
switched to a plan involving the use of the Significant Pause and 
the Subtle Inflection to give innocent-appearing items their proper 
flavor. She hopes to improve on this system this season. 

Miss Hopper has been in radio since 1936, and not long 
ago won an award for some special quality described as "caressingly 
rhythmic speech". She probably would have been unimpressed by the 
accolade if, at about the same time, rival Louella Parsons’ voice 
had not come under the scrutiny of Speech Analyst Frank Colby who 
concluded that Miss Parsons suffered from "unmusical shrillness" 
and a tendency toward "tow-octave swoops" - a. decision in whicn^j*^ 

Miss Hopper heartily concurred. 


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President Harry S. Truman will be heard in an address 
from Washington, D. C. , and ahost of popular stage, screen and radio 
stars will appear at a special broadcast presented in cooperation 
with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis on Thursday, 
January 30. 

Consolidated sales of International Detrola Corporation 
totaled $11,112,728.10 for the time months of November and December, 
President C. Russell Feldmann announced last Friday. These figures 
for the first months of the current fiscal year with sales 
of $4,199,067.10 in November and December, 1945. 

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Who can remember when it was difficult for a national 
organization to select a convention city without being besieged by 
a bunch of Atlantic City convention go-getters? Now we hear "that 
Atlantic City as the choice of the National Association of Broad¬ 
casters* 1947 convention September 15-19 is contingent only upon 
the acceptance of terms by hotels and catering se 
How times do change* 

Charles R. Denny, Chairman of the Federal Communications 
and Mrs. Denny, were among the guests at the Judiciary Dinner at 
the White House Tuesday night, January 14th. 

—————— — 

“The American Broadcasting Company has discontinued all 
television studio programming in New York for an indefinite period, 
Paul Mowrey, the network* s National Director of Television said 

"We have had lots of experience in programming and have 
built up a backlog of tested shows. During 1947 ABC television 
will concentrate principally on the construction of new stations 
and studios and the training of a television engineering department. 
We shall also make our television experience available to affili¬ 
ated stations which are preparing to enter the new medium", he said. 

During 1946 ABC received construction permits for video 
stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco. An 
application for a station in New York is before the Federal Commun¬ 
ications Commission. 

KZPI, 1000 watts, of Manila, Philippines Islands, will 
Join the Columbia network February 1 to become CBS* 165th affiliate. 
The station has a permit for 10,000 watts and already has construct¬ 
ed its new tower. * The rest of the equipment needed for 10 KW oper¬ 
ation is on its way from the States, and KZPI expects to be broad¬ 
casting as a 10 KW station within the next fewmonths. 


Supreme Court Justice Kenneth O’Brien last week granted 
the motion of Louid D. Frohlich, counsel for ASCAP, to dismiss the 
action of Perry Bradford against the Society. Bradford brought 
suit against Southern Music and ASCAP for six million dollars. 

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Contents of NBC Digest for January, 1947, include: 
Welcome United Nations, Harry S. Truman; Freedom of Radio, Thomas 
E. Dewey; The University in the Public Servic, James V. Forrestal; 
The Paris Peace Conference, James F. Byrnes; The French Elections, 
Henry Cassidy; How Station WEAF Got Its Start, Fred Allen and 
The British Commonwealth Pattern, Jan Christian Smuts. 

NBC Digest is edited by Horton H. Heath and published 
quarterly in New York, N.Y. by the National Broadcasting Company, 
Inc. Price 15 cents in United States and Canada.; 50 cents for one 
year’s subscription, $1 for two years' subscription. 

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Among those high up attending the first meeting of the 
"Americans for Democratic Action" in Washington, a new liberal 
organization to "revitalize the Democratic party were Paul Porter, 
former head of the FCC, and Elmer Davis, radio commentator. Leon 
Henderson and Wilson Wyatt were chosen as heads of the group, the 
head patroness of wnich was Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. 

The Federal Communications Commission has Just issued an 
up-to-date list of FM stations now in operation. 

Nearly all FM stations are employing interim equipment 
pending completion of full construction, and in some instances 
operation may be interrupted due to equipment changes and construc¬ 
tion. Nearly fifty of the stations listed were licensed before the 
war, and some of these stations are continuing to operate equipment 
in the old FM band on a temporary basis. An FM program service is 
also being furnished by a developmental broadcast sta.tion in 

Cleveland, Ohio. 

More than 1,000 telephone calls were received at WJZ, 

New York, following a nationwide appeal for type "A3" blood, made by 
Walter Winchell on a recent broadcast for a patient in Biscayne 
Hospital in Florida. Thirty trunk lines at A3C were jammed more 
than an hour and a half following the appeal, and calls still were 
coming in at the rate of one every three or four minutes at mid¬ 
night, an hour after Winchell had returned to the air and advised 
listeners that a donor had been obtained. 

In addition to New York, switchboards in Washington, 
Chicago, San Francisco and Detroit alsovere flooded with calls. 

Eastern Airlines offered a plane to fly a donor from New 
York to Miami. In Augusta, Ga., an unidentified man chartered a 
plane to fly to Miami. Two persons had regular passengers "bumped 
off" a plane in Savannah, Ga., to enable them to rush to Miami. 

' : ^Almost two million pieces of mail were received by WOR 
during 1946, establishing a record number of letters received in any 
one year since the station started in 1922. 

The 1946 figure of 1,768,994 letters more than doubles 
those received in 1945 and is the greatest year since 1944 when 
1,103,594 nieces of mail came to the station. 



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INDEX TO ISSUE OF JANUARY 22, 1947 . jF.;\j g j 


Vehicle Radio Booms; 1000 Licenses For 12,000 Vehicles.1 

No Radio Lobbyists Have Registered - Yet. 

Emerson Radio Seles $23,088,881; Clears $1,340,356.1. 

Request Granted For Earlier Tour WLW stock Comoany. 

RCA Produces New Coin Operated Radio Set......... 

BMI Wins Praise At Press Club Dinner To Pres. Truman. 

Battle of Atlanta Furnishes Excitement For Broadcasters......... 

Heslep, MBS, Back FroTn Panama; Heads Radio Dinner Committee. 

Television To Be Major Ad Medium By 1948, Says RCA Executive..,. 

Radar To 3e Used To Clear Washington Airport Congestion 

FCC Fails To Reveal Don Lee Charges; May Do So Later... 

Adams Named FCC Assistant To General Counsel Last Week. 

CBS Puts On Color TV Show For FCC Chairman Denny.9 

Senator White Defended; Best Man In Congress On Radio.10 

Alfalfa Club Beckons To Radio For Some Of Its Guests.11 

British Cable-Wireless, Ltd. Head "Hauls Down His Flag".11 

Lemke Reintroduces Resolution To Restore FM To 50 Me. 12 
New Wire Recorder Displayed In Chicago.12 

Scissors And Paste.'. 13 

Trade Notes.... n c. 

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The fastest growing operation of the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission is the vehicle two-way telephone via radio tryout. 

To da.te the Commission reports that 1,000 experimental authoriza¬ 
tions have been issued involving 12,000 taxicabs, trucks and 
private cars. 

The taxicab people were among the first to recognize the 
value of radio telephone implementation. There have been more than 
200 such grants involving nearly 3,000 taxicabs in cities from 
Boston, Mass. , to San Diego, Celif., and applications are on hand 
for nearly 2,000 additional units to cover some 135 cities in 40 
States. The largest grant of this nature was to a fleet of 1,600 
cabs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

The taxicab industry, with about $4,000,000 invested has 
gone so far as to claim that by saving "dead" mileage and increas¬ 
ing speed and efficiency of service, radio may bring about reduc¬ 
tion In fares. A case in point is experimentation at High Point, 

N.C., where four radio-equipped taxis in a 10-day period traveled 
5,200 miles, carried 1,700 fares and secured $1,400 revenue, while 
six other cabs without radio traveled 6,000 miles, carried 1,200 
fares and grossed only $900 in the same period. 

The trucking industry is interested in radio as an aid 
for dispatching and controlling the movement of vehicles, speeding 
repair crews, etc. However, there have been only three such exper¬ 
imental grants to date, mostly for intercity service. One grant 
Involves use of 100 units, but the other two have less than three 
apiece. There is a pending trucking application for 100 more units. 

The Commission has paved the way for mobile radiotele¬ 
phone use generally by establishing experimental Urban and Highway 
services. For developmental work, 24 frequencies in the 152-162 
megacycle band have been allocated to the Urban service, and 40 fre¬ 
quencies in the 30-44 megacycle band to the Highway service. 

Tne need to conserve frequencies makes test programs nec- 
essa.ry for general mobile two-way radiotelephone service for vehicles 
on the land, on the sea, and in the air. Grants are for bona fide 
exoerimentation without promise of regular service and with invest¬ 
ment or other expenditure at the risk of participants. Soon there 
will be a general hearing at which time results of present experi¬ 
mentation will be analyzed and all persons interested will have a 
say in formulating rules and regulations permitting the inaugura¬ 
tion of regular service. 

Present testing is of a practical nature because it in¬ 
volves actual service by communications common carrier companies to 
the public in connecting persons in vehicles with wire lines; also 
service by associations on a common carrier or cooperative basis; 
and soeciahized service by individual users in certain categories. 

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Grants to firms, organizations end. individuals experi¬ 
menting with their own vehicles include such enterorises as haul¬ 
ing ready-mixed concrete, picking up and delivering merchandise, 
armored car delivery of cash and valuables, railway express trucks, 
fuel trucks, highway passenger buses, ambulances, doctors’ vehicles, 
river and coastal boats, end even aircraft. 

At the same time, telephone companies are testing radio¬ 
telephone service to individuals and groups on a common carrier 
basis at regular charges. Radiotelephone equipment in vehicles is 
able to communicate with telephone exchanges which connect with 
the regular wire lines. Telephone facilities in 60 cities have 
been granted or have made applications for such links with private 
cars, buses, and boats. Altogether, about 4,000 pieces of mobile 
equipment are operating in this category. The time may not be far 
distant when there will be telephone booths on trains and passenger 
planes for radiotelephone communication. 

The Southwestern Bell Teleohone Company at St. Louis was 
tne first to try out mobile telephones on a large scale. The first 
overseas call from a moving auto was made from St. Louis to Honolulu 
(4,600 miles) on July 16, 1946. The New York Telephone Company 
Handled 100 cells on its first day of urban mobile service, one of 
which was to Paris. In many cities radiotelephone-equipoed autos 
are being used by press and radio news reporters. 

Microwave relay circuits and wire lines implement radio¬ 
telephone service over intercity highways. Radio relay telephone 
service was first tested between New York and Philadelohia. Today 
highway systems ere in operation or are being installed between 
New York and Washington; New York and Buffalo (via Albany); Chicago 
and St. Louis; and Los Angeles aid San Diego. 

Baltimore is the proving ground for mobile facsimile ser¬ 
vice by the Western Union Telegraph Company. Vehicles so equipped 
move about the city picking out of the air and delivering telegrams 
sent from New York, Chicago and Washington. Replies can be sent by 
the same means. This mobile service is in lieu of nehgiborhood 
telegraph offices. 

Other testers of mobile radiotelephone eqiioment include 
the New York Central Railroad, which is using 36 mobile units for 
traffic control at its New York yards and 24 units on tugboats oper¬ 
ating in New York Bay; also the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which 
employs it for police purposes at one terminal. The Baltimore 
Transit Company utilizes 50 units in connection with its street car 

The Boston Public Works Department finds radiotelephony 
useful for emergency service. The District of Columbia has a radio¬ 
telephone hook-up with mobile equipment, including prison vans. One 
Atlanta department store had contact with 50 delivery trucks. A 
bottled gas company in Miami is using 10 units, the sales manager of 
a manufacturing company radiotelephones his salesmen, and a Mary¬ 
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Although twenty pages of the C ongressional Recor d 
(January 3) are devoted to the registration lists of Washington 
lobbyists, who they represent, and how much they receive, etc., 
as yet no one has signed up from the radio industry. 

The nearest to it was Frank W. Wozencraft, formerly 
counsel for RCA Communications, who is now law partner of former 
FCC Commissioner Governor Norman Case. Mr. Wozencraft is repre¬ 
sentative of the Independent Bankers’ Association in the 12th Feder¬ 
al Reserve District, Portland, Ore. 

The registrations to date number 211 with the Townsend 
National Recovery Plan represented by 33 lobbying agents having 
the largest number. Organized labor has registere.d 51 lobbyists 
thus far and industrial and business organizations such as the 
National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Real 
Estate Boards and so on 56. 


EMERSON RADIO SALES $23,088,881; CLEARS $1,340,356 

Net income of the Emerson R^dio and Phonograph Corpora¬ 
tion and its wholly owned subsidiaries was 81,340,356, equal to 
$3.85 a share on 400,000 capital shares, the annuel report for the 
fiscal year ended on October 31 last has just disclosed. This was 
the highest ever attained being 66 per cent above the largest earn¬ 
ings reported in any previous year, according to Benjamin Abrams, 
President. It compares with $806,696, or $2.01 a share for the year 
ended with October, 1945. 

During the year Emerson acquired two additional compan¬ 
ies - Plastimold Corporation of Attleboro, Mass., and Jefferson- 
Travis, Inc., New York City. 

"Plastimold is an outstanding producer of molded radio 
cabinets and gives Emerson an assured source of supply of one of 
tne principal components in the production of radio sets", Mr. Abrams 
said, "The addition of Jefferson-Travis gives us access to the 
important and growing field of two-way radio communications. 

"It is exoected that the line of marine transmitting and 
receiving equipment now made will be expanded to include a wider 
range of radio telephone models, as well as radio direction finders, 
and will be augmented in the future by the introduction of similar 
equipment designed for automobiles, trucks and light aircraft, thus 
further broadening our operations in the electronic field", Mr. 

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Thousands of Midwesterners, many of whom have never seen 
a radio program, will comprise the audiences for 12 full-scale 
radio dramas, when WLWs stock company goes on the road next month 
for its third annual tour, which will open earlier this year in 
order to answer more requests for visits. 

On the itinerary are communities in Ohio, Kentucky, 
Indiana and West Virginia. Beginning February 21, the touring WLW 
thespians will visit high school actors on the evening of their 
scnool plays, broadcasting an original radio drama from the stage 
after the scholastic production. 

One feature of each broedcast will be the participation 
of a high school oerformer, selected from the school play cast by 
WLW’s dramatic director. The broadcasts will be heard each Friday 
night at 11:30 p.M., EST, over WLW. 

Traveling with the Director will be a cast of from 8 to 
10 actors, as well as a sound man and an engineer. 

Since its inception in 1945, the stock company tour has 
steadily increased the number of performances from an original four 
in the first year. This season, in addition to the regular visits 
to scholastic plays, the company will attend the State Drama Festi¬ 
val in Morgantown, W. Va., of Thespians, national high school 
dramatic society. In June, Director Charles Lammers of WLW will 
attend the National Thespian meeting in Bloomington, Ind. 



The entrance of RCA Victor Division of the Radio Corpora¬ 
tion of .America into the field of coin-operated radio sets was 
revealed this week with the announcement that an RCA set embodying 
many new and unusual features will be introduced at the Coin Machine 
Snow in Chicago, February 3 to 5 inclusive. 

The new instrument was virtually "blueprinted" by leading 
coin machine operators and institution managers themselves, RCA 
said, its many special features being based on the results of a 
survey undertaken by the company to determine what new or improved 
features were most desired. Institutions expected to make use of 
the new sets include hotels, motels, tourist camps, hosoitals, 
country clubs, and Summer resorts. 

Superior oerformance, appearance, end flexibility of oper¬ 
ation, as well as design and construction on features which provide 
maximum protection for the operator, are incorooreted in this initial 
RCA coin-onerated set. 


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It is a surprising thing to those who attend presidential 
dinners to note when everyone is striving to put his best foot for¬ 
ward how frequently inferior talent manages to creep in. The first 
question asked about town the next day is, "How was the show?" 

In the case of the National Press Club dinner (guests at 
which were confined to club members) to President Truman, the answer 
to that was loudly in the affirmative. All the customers from the 
President down seemed to be well satisfied. 

All of which was complimentary to Broadcast Music, Inc., 
which through John Elmer, a member of the Board of Trustees and 
General Manager of WCBM, Baltimore, Md. , and M. E. Tompkins, Vice- 
president and General Manager of BMI, made its debut in presenting 
entertainment for a banquet attended by the President of the United 
States. The following performers appeared in addition to the U. S. 
Navy Band Orchestra under the direction of Lt. Charles Brendler: 

Miss Jane Davis, Accompanied by the Candlelight Trio; 

Ben Grauer, Master of Ceremonies; Miss Dorotny Kirsten, Metropolitan 
Opera Soprano.; Ed Gardner, and his "Duffy’s Tavern"; Marais & Miranda 
Folk Songs; Jan August, Pianologues with Ensemble; 3en Beri, Novelty 
Comedian and The Debonairs, Modern Rhythms. 

Seated on either side of President Truman were Paul 
Wooton of the New Orleans Times - Picayune , retiring NPC President, 
and Warren Francis, of the Los Angeles Times , incoming President. 
Among those present connected with the broadcasting and communica¬ 
tions industry were: 

K. H. Berkeley, Manager, WMAL, Washington; Louis G. 
Caldwell, Counsel, WGN, Chicago; Senator Homer E. Caoehart, from 
Indiana; Martin Codel, Editor, FM Magazine; Roland C. Davies, Tele¬ 
communications Letter; Willard D.' Egolf, formerly of NAB; John 
Elmer, General Manager Station WCBM, Baltimore, Md. ; Ben S. Fisher, 
Radio Counsellor; E. H. Gammons, Vice-President, Columbia Broad¬ 
casting System, Washington; Bond p. Geddes, Vice-President, Radio 
Manufacturers’ Association; Earl Godwin, Radio Commentator; Theo¬ 
dore Granik, American Forum of the Air; F. P. Guthrie, Assistant 
Vice-President, RCA Communications, Washington. 

Also Claude .A, Mahoney, Radio Commentator; Joseph L. 

Miller, formerly NAB; Neville Miller, former President of NAB; 

Edgar Morris, Washington Zenith representative; Frank M. Russell, 
Washington Vice-President, National Broadcasting Company; Sol 
Taishoff, Editor, Broadcasting magazine; Eugene Thomas, Sales 
Manager, WOR, New York; Senator Wallace H. White, Jr., from Maine; 
Carle ton D. Smith, General Manager, WRC, Washington. 



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There hasn’t been a dull moment for the broadcasters of 
Atlanta since the governorship fight started. Station WSB of the 
Atlanta Journal of which Leonard Reinsch, President Truman’s 
radio advisor is in charge, and WAG-A, of the Fort Industry, of 
which Commander George 3. Storer is President, found themselves in 
the thick of it. 

The following telegram describing the most exciting day 
has been received from Jean Hendrix, enterprising press representa¬ 
tive of WSB; 

"WSB coverage of today’s Goberaatorial conflict as fol¬ 
lows: When Governor Arnall arrived at Capitol this (January 17) 

morning he found Representative Jimmy Dykes at the desk Arnall set 
up in rotunda, yesterday. WSB was present for direct exclusive 
statement from Arnall and Dykes, amidst boos and hisses from Arnall 

"Arnall left for his law offices in Candler Building where 
WSB again broadcast exclusive speech on ’Does Your Vote Count*? 

He urged the people of Georgia to voice their disapproval of the 
' Dictatorship in tne Capitol’ and demand recognition of the man 
tney elected Governor. 

"Earlier this morning when WSB attempted to set up broad¬ 
casting facilities in the reception room of the Executive offices, 
they were told that the facilities were needed for one of Talmadge's 
assistants. No other space was provided for WSB so it was impos¬ 
sible to broadcast Talmadge press conference. 

"Immediately following conference WSB broadcast a complete 
recapitulation of questions asked and Talmadge’s answers. While 
the A tlanta Journal is strenuously opposing Talmadge, WSB is carry¬ 
ing both sides of the controversy as public service. WSB will 
broadcast direct from Senate Monday morning when Lieutenant Governor 
Elect M. E. Thomason is Sworn In.” 



Charter Heslep, Washington, D. C. representative of the 
Mutual Broadcasting System, was among the radio executives who 
went to Panama aboard the "USS WISCONSIN" on the Naval Reserve 
cruise to get a first hand idea of what Navy peacetime life was 
like. Other similar cruises ere planned by the Navy. 

Mr. Hesleo returned to Washington in time to actively 
resume his duties as Chairman of tne Dinner Committee of the Radio 
Correspondents' Association which will be held at the Statler 
Saturday night, February 1st. 


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Television will be a major advertising medium by 1948, 

J. David Cathcart, RCA Victor Home Instrument Advertising Manager 
told members of the Washington, D. C. .Advertising Club at a luncheon 
meeting Tuesda.y (Jan. 21). Mr. Cathcart traced the growth of the 
medium's audience and predicted its future expansion: "In seasoned 
areas television will have full-scale professional calibre program¬ 
ming as a yardstick. 

"Production willing, television will be an economically 
sound investment for the advertiser - and strictly on the basis of 
augmented business - in the areas where the television market has 
been developed, by 1948. Many new products will be born out of 
the power of television advertising, Just as they were from radio", 
Mr. Cathcart said. "Already many of the country’s principal nation¬ 
al advertisers are using the medium on regular schedules." 

He described the development of television market areas 
as being far speedier tnan the growth of radio audiences, traced 
tne growth of television network facilities and operations, and 
summarized early reactions to the rebirth of the medium as a result 
of placing of postwar television receivers on sale. 



Million-dollar, 200-mile radar units being installed at 
the National Airport and Andrews Field, Md,, by the Army Air Forces 
will eventually be used by the Civil Aeronautics Administration to 
control air traffic over the congested Washington area; 

The units consist of a microwave early warning system 
(MEW) which can plot position and direction of aircraft up to 200 
miles away, and a height finder showing their altitude. 

The MEW radar units will have five scopes connected to 
the CAA traffic control center at the National Airport, as well as 
scopes manned by the AAF. Two other remote scopes will be used by 
the CAA Weather Service, as they show location of certain weather 
conditions such as thunderstorms. 

Controllers at the field, contacting aircraft with the 
MEW and the height finder radar scope, can provide navigational 
data to the pilots and guide them away from hazards such as moun¬ 
tains, while the planes are still over 100 miles from Washington. 

Anotner device, now being installed at the National Air¬ 
port and known as ground-controlie d approach radar, or GCA, will 
spot the planes at a distance of about 30 miles and guide them in 
tne actual landings. At Andrews Field, they will be controlled by 
tne traffic control radar unit from a 40-mile range. 

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Don Lee officials were still in the dark as to exactly 
what charges would be made against them, if any, by the Federal 
Communications Commission at the conclusion of the hearings conduct¬ 
ed by Commissioner Rosel Hyde in LoS Angeles last week. Commission¬ 
er Hyde reserved the right for the FCC to make specific charges 
after considering the testimony. 

Lewis Allen Weiss, Don Lee, Vice-President and General 
Manager, declared that the Don Lee network had never dropped a 
station for failure to clear time or cooperate nor has it coerced 
an affiliate into accepting a program. 

Melvin Marshall, former Manager of KYOS, Merced, Cal., 
endeavored to show "pressure" in correspondence between the net¬ 
work and station. FCC sought appearance of Thomas S. Lee, net¬ 
work president, but Dr. J. M. D S cey, his physician, said he could 
not appear because of a chronic spine condition. 

Mr. Weiss said he was personally responsible for the net¬ 
work’s operations and discussed problems of the network, affiliates 
and advertisers in the 41-station hookup. He said Don Lee affili¬ 
ates found their affiliation profitable often raising rates. He 
voiced opposition to the o6-day requirement for notice. 

Statements in a letter from C. 0. Chatterton, KWLK, Long¬ 
view, Wash. , referring to a misunderstanding over option time, were 
misinterpreted, Mr. Weiss said, since the letter dwelt mainly with 
otner subjects and the option complaint was far removed from the 
event to which it referred. 



David C. 4dams, a native of Buffalo, N.Y. , has been pro¬ 
moted from Chief Rate Counsel of the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion to Assistant to the General Counsel, succeeding Walter I. James, 
wno resigned to enter private practice. 

Since he joined the Commission in 1941, Mr. Adams has 
specialized in common carrier legal work. He formerly headed the 
International Telegraph Section of the Law Department, was a member 
of a committee of the Board of War Communications, and handled many 
cases affecting international communication services and rates. 

At the conclusion of the war Mr. Adams, 33 years of age, 
returned to the Commission as Chief of the Internal Services Sec¬ 
tion; later became Chief of the International Section, Common 
Carrier Division, and, on June 7 last, was made Chief Rate Counsel. 
Mr. Adams was one of the United States delegation to the Moscow Five 
Power Telecommunications Conference held in 1946, and also acted as 
one of the United States observers at the London meeting of the 
CCIT in November 1946. 


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High performance capabilities of the ultra-high frequency 
standards the Columbia Broadcasting System has proposed as a basis 
for commercial television operation were demonstrated last Friday 
to Chairman Charles R. Denny and Commissioner Ray C. Wakefield, of 
the Federal Communications Commission, in an extensive series of 
color television demonstrations, climaxed by reception of a CBS 
color television broadcast in Tarrytown, N.Y., 25 miles from the 
transmitter in New York City. 

The trip made by Commissioners Denny and Wakefield, who 
were accompanied by Harry M. Plotkin, the Commission’s Assistant 
General Counsel, and Curtis B. Plummer, Chief Television Engineer 
of the FCC, duplicated that made by the four other members of the 
Commission last December. Chairman Denny missed that demonstration 
because of illness, and Commissioner Wakefield was in California. 

Friday’s demonstration, whicn included a trip through the 
CBS laboratories at the network’s New York City headquarters, cover¬ 
ed much of the data on which CBS witnesses testified at last month’s 
hearings before the FCC in Washington, on the CBS petition for 
immediate adoption of commercial standards of color television. 

These hearings will be continued in New York City the week of 
January 27, with CBS broadcasting color television into the court¬ 
room at the Federal Court u ouse on Foley square where the hearings 
will be held. 

The importance of contrast range in producing high quality 
pictures, so strongly stressed by Dr. Peter C. Goldmark, inventor of 
the CBS color system, at the Washington hearing, was shown in Fri¬ 
day’s demonstrations. Two simulated color television pictures were 
snown side by side. Interposed between one of the pictures and an 
observer was a neutral density filter. When the room was darkened, 
both pictures appeared to be of the same brightness. However, when 
tne room was illuminated at normal brightness, the picture without 
the neutral density filter washed out and was difficult to see, 
whereas the picture with the neutral density filter maintained its 
contrast and could be comfortably viewed. Dr. Goldmark explained 
tnat it is because of this effect that color television pictures 
can be shown in a well-lighted room and still be viewed easily. 

In their trip through the CBS laboratory, the Commission¬ 
ers also witnessed a demonstration showing the high color fidelity 
possible under the CBS proposed color television standards, and saw 
in operation the CBS uhf color television image orthicon equipment 
for remote pickup now under test. 

Dr. Goldmark also showed the present state of development 
of the special tube which he and his staff ere developing, which 
gives promise of providing a simple solution for producing color 
television pictures with a single receiver tube under Columbia’s 
sequential standards. The new tube, Dr. Goldmark said, represents 
"a very promising approach toward a simple, single, fully electronic 
receiving tube which can be utilized either for orojection or for 
direct viewing.” 


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There wss a strong defense of Senator Wallace White, Jr. 
by his colleague, Representative Margaret Chase Smith (R), of Maine. 
Mrs. Smith spoke of him as a man of great current interest and 
snowed, by quoting from Maine newspapers, how he was regarded in 
nis own country, where proverbially a prophet is usually without 

Said the Journal in Lewiston, Me., the Senator’s home town 

"Senator Reed, of Kansas, is hollering ’oligarchy 1 , charg¬ 
ing that Senators White, of Maine, Taft, of Ohio, and Vandenberg, 
of Michigan, are running the show. Several Senators have objected 
to one having more than one important job. 

"White is the best qualified of the upper Chamber to head 
the Commerce Committee. He is the outstanding authority in Congress 
on communications. He is coauthor of the present radio law. At the 
personal insistence of President Roosevelt early in his first term, 
White accepted chairmanship of the American delegation to the Inter¬ 
national Communications Conference at Cairo. This was at the time 
that the Democrats had swept into Washington. This was a good 
assignment, but F. D. R. realized White’s especial fitness to head 
the delegation. White demurred but the president made it a question 
of duty and White went." 

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The Sunday Telegram and press Heral d of Portland, comment- 

"When White was assigned as Chairman of the Committee, 
in the face of bitter opposition by Senator Clyde M. Reed (Republi¬ 
can, Kansas), he completed a parallel in family history that matches 
tne political parallels of the Cabot Lodges, of Massachusetts, and 
the Hales of Maine - for his grandfather, Senator William Pierce 
Frye, held that chairmanship, as well as the presidency of the 
Senate, when he died in 1911 after 50 years of public service, 40 
years of it in Washington. 

"In a certain sense he also is right back where he started 
45 years ago, when, as a raw recruit on the political scene, he left 
Bowdoin College to become a junior clerk for that same committee, 
and secretary to tne President of the Senate, his grandfather. 

"Ever since the early days of that clerkship White’s 
fervent wish was to duplicate the distinguished career of the grand¬ 
father he admired so well, and every step he has taken since has 
been with that end in mind. 

"Senator Frye, for 40 years a powerful figure in Congress, 
both in the House and the Senate, and thrice president pro tempore 
of the Senate, was an impressive deity to look up to and emulate - 
but step by step, practically in Frye’s very footprints, White has 
made his way. " 



Heinl Radio News 



"Come to the Lend of Alfalfa, 

Come where the clocks never chime, 

Come where ill humor is only a rumor 
And sadness is labeled a crime. 

Come where the nights are all gladness 
And sorrows and care are taboo. 

Come to the land of Alfalfa; 

Good fellowship's waiting for you. " 

This is part of the welcome extended to guests of the 
famous Alfalfa Club which held its thirty-fourth anniversary dinner 
in Washington last Saturday night. The Alfalfa Club, it should be 
explained, was named for the plant which admits no obstacle in its 
search for moisture. Senator Harry Floyd Byrd (D), of Virginia, was 
elected President of the Alfalfa Club for the coming year. 

Veteran members of Alfalfa are Gene Buck, former President 
of ASCAP, who as a rule provides the professional portion of the 
exceptionally fine entertainment for which Alfalfa (modeled after 
the Gridiron Club) is noted, and Frank C. Page, Vice-President of 
I. T. & T. 

Other guests from the radio and communications industries 

include d: 

Charles R. Denny, Jr., Cnairman of the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission; Kenneth H. Berkeley, Manager Station WMAL,Washing¬ 
ton; Senator Homer E. Capehart of Indiana; D. Worth Clark, former 
Senator from, and Counsel-at-La.w; John William Guider, Radio 
Counsellor; Ray Henle, Radio Correspondents' Gallery; John Marshall 
Littlepage, Radio Counsellor; Thomas P. Littlepage, Jr., Radio 
Counsellor; Eugene Meyer, owner of the Washington P ost and Station 
WINX; Edgar Morris, Washington Zenith Representative, and Duke M. 
Patrick, Radio Counsellor. 



When Cable and Wireless, Ltd., in London, passed to gov¬ 
ernment ownership New Year’s eve, Sir Edward Wilshaw, Chairman and 
Managing Director of the organization, sent the following farewell 
message to employees around the world: 

"Tomorrow at midnight I haul down my flag and the govern¬ 
ment takes over command. J salute our very great company and each 
one of you personally. Good-bye and good luck." 


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Representative Lemke (R), of North Dakota, last Tuesday 
(21st) reintroduced his resolution (H. J. Res. 78) relating to re¬ 
assignment of a section of the 50-megacycle band of radio frequen^ 
cies for frequency modulation (EM). 

A holdover from the 79th Congress, Mr. Lemke 1 s resolu¬ 
tion to restore FM to the 50 me. band was referred to the House 
Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce where it is expected 
it will have more consideration than in the last Congress due to 
tne fact that Mr. Lemke’s party, Republican, is now in control. 



A wire recorder combined with a home radio-phonograph - 
the first of its kind in actual production - is being shown for the 
fipst time at the American Furniture Mart in Chicago amid the pre¬ 
dictions of radio experts that it will revolutionize the recording 
and broadcast industries. 

The radio-phonograph-recorder is now in oroduction by 
Lear, Inc., headed by William Lear of Santa Monica, Calif., design¬ 
er of radio and airplane equipment. The new machine is based on the 
basic designs made in Chicago at the Armour Research Foundation dur¬ 
ing the war, but it has been greatly improved, according to Mr.Leer. 

The new instrument - which radio men say is the most ver¬ 
satile home musical reoroduction machine ever built - is being pro¬ 
duced in a twenty-two-tube console model made to retail for about 
$500, and it will be available in this area in March or April, 
according to present plans. 

The recorder uses a spool of stainless steel wire as have 
early models of the wire recorder, but new improvements have made 
it, Mr. Lear told dealers, "the most permanent method of recording 
known to man." Even heat of 400 degrees Fahrenheit do not affect 
the recording in the wire. 

The recorder will record and play back instantly sound 
taken from a microohone attached to the set, from records playing 
on the phonograph, or from the broadcast being picked up on the 
radio, or it will combine any or all of the three. 

Wire spools come in fifteen, thirty end sixty-minute sizes 
and are usable indefinitely. Transcriotions for broadcast by radio 
stations may be snioped on small spools instead of tne presently 
used large discs. The wire recordings have the additional advant¬ 
age of being unbreakable. 


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Washington, D. C.’s ''B lue Book 11 Statio n 

("Time ") 

Sick and tired of conventional radio, some 125 Washing¬ 
tonians put up $100,000 for a "station for intelligent listeners" 
hired FCC analyst Edward Brecher (who helped put together the FCC's 
famed "Blue Book") to run the show. Last week Station WQ,QW began 
broadcasting according to its owners’ lights: 

No plug-uglies or singing commercials, only four one- 
minute commercials an hour (says Manager Brecher: "We believe that 
a listener is entitled to a program after every commercial"). 

No patent-medicine ads unless approved by the station’s 
medical advisory committee. 

No soap operas, instead, a weekday Woman’s Magazine of 
the Air, containing news and features about women and shopping and 
Housekeeping information. 

No children's blood-and-thunder nour. 

Added attractions: good "music to listen to - not just to 
eat to, to talk to, or to shave to"; a chapter a day read from a 
current best-seller. A medical research program, written by a 
practicing bacteriologist and a scientific review are scheduled for 
once a week. Every Sunday morning The Meaning of Religion will 
bring talks by Washington clergymen.* * * 

WQQ,W sirs 75 minutes of news a day - and no editorializ¬ 
ing . ^ ^ 

Would advertisers help foot the bills? Said Manager 
Brecher: "If we get the listenership we expect, they’ll be glad 

to.” And the audience was even greater than expectation^ within 
two days WQftW had some 350 letters, 150 postcards, countless phone 
calls, including businessmen, physicians, editors, writers, econom¬ 
ists, Government employees, housewives. 

RCA’s Global Tape Relaying System 
(T. H. Mitchell, Executive Vice-President, RCA. Communica¬ 
tions, in Relay Magazine) 

During the past year we have witnessed the first steps in 
the gradual change-over in our operations from the manual methods 
long used by telegraph carriers, to a modern, mechanized system of 
providing an international communications service embracing a world¬ 
wide tape relay system. 

RCA Communications, Inc. is once again leading the way. 

In keeping with tne new advances in the arts of transportation and 
communications, a modernization program was initiated early in 1945. 
We were convinced that fast, low-rate service must be made available 
and readily accessible in all parts of the world if we were to suc¬ 
cessfully meet the competition of tne airmail and telephone ser¬ 
vices. Our ability to meet these cnanges would be evidence of new 
growth and new strength. 

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It is gratifying to report that we have made excellent 
progress thus far. During my visit to our Pacific installations, 
and more recently on the European continent, I was greatly impress¬ 
ed with the enthusiastic interest everywhere in our modernization 
program. Officials of foreign administrations were keenly inter¬ 
ested in our tape relay method of operation, and they were anxious 
to obtain first hand knowledge of its future uossibilities. 

Talmadge Had R a dio Technique 

CDrew Pearson) 

Like Hitler, elected by a minority of the voters, Governor 
Talmadge also had a great radio technique. A total of 125 Georgia 
newspapers were against him;seven for, but nis radio technique won 

G-allup poll Does n* t E xpect Much Price Drop in Radio Sets 

TGallup Poll) 

u Do you tnink tnat prices on the following items will be 
higher, lower, or about the same six months from now?” 


Higher or 
About Same 



No Op. 













Manufactured Goods - 
Radios, refrigerators 




Real Estate 




B ell Microwave Link Makes Tel ev ision Histor y 

( "Long Lines'^ 

One of tne longest microwave television circuits ever pro¬ 
vided by the Bell System carried the action of three home games on 
Army r s 1946 football schedule. 

It was on a warm Saturday afternoon - October 5 - when 
the first pictures of a West Point game flasned from Michie Stadium 
to tne top of nearby Crows Nest Mountain and from there leaped 
forty-five miles to New York City. That NBC broadcast, together 
with a CBS broadcast tne same day from Columbia University 1 s Baker 
Field, marked the first commercial microwave television transmis¬ 
sion by the Bell System. 

The West point broadcast also was the first two-link job 
ever done commercially by the Bell system. 


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Wayne Coy, Vice-President of WINX ( Washington Post sta¬ 
tion) is among a newspaper group which has just left Washington on 
a*n Army plane for a month’s inspection trip to the Pacific bases 
and the occupation zone of Japan and Korea. 

Bruce Dennis, Director of WON, Chicago, Public Relations, 
who is a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve on inactive duty, 
spoke last week before a conference of executive officers and pub¬ 
lic information officers from the 28th Naval Air Training Commands 
at Glenview Naval Air Station. Commander Dennis outlined a radio 
campaign for recruiting former Navy enlisted men in the Naval 
Reserve air training program. 

The American Broadcasting Company will add its 237th 
affiliate on March 1st when radio station WGFG, 1000 watts, of 
Kalamazoo, Mich., joins the network as a member of the Northeast 

WNAX, Cowles station in Yankton, S. D., newscaster, Jim 
Corbett hit the air just five minutes after a fire in Sioux City 
that destroyed $150,000 worth of merchandise belonging to his spon¬ 
sor in the Commerce Building was under control. 

WNAX newsmen, including Corbett, were strictly on their 
toes, arriving at the scene of the fire six minutes after the alarm 
was turned in, battled their way into the smoke filled building to 
cover every detail and be able to give first-hand reoorts direct 
from the WNAX newsroom. 

The fifth floor, where the heaviest damages occurred, was 
used as a warehouse for the K & K Company, sponsors of Corbett and 
his Five State, Five Star Round uo News. 

Senator Capper (R), of Kansas, reintroduced his bill 
(S.265) to prohibit transportation in interstate commerce of adver¬ 
tisements either by the printed word or radio of alcoholic beverages. 

*1 have introduced tnis bill in each Congress for several 
years as it is my firm belief the proposed legislation is necessary 
for the proper regulation of such advertising in the separate States" 
said the Senator. 

Improvements in the Washington Fire Department during the 
year included setting up of a communications detail which maintains 
constant contact between firegrounds end fire alarm headquarters 
during all multiple alarms of fire. 

All chiefs’ cars are now equipped with two-way radios, as 
are two outlying engine companies and a suburban truck company. 

The Department hopes to equip all apparatus with radios 
in the near future. 

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The thanks of the Community Chest Federation and Station 
WRC in Washington go to contributors to the WRC Doll House who gave 
a record number of toys, in excess of twenty-two thousand, for 
Cnristmes distribution to the needy children of Washington. Bill 
Herson and the Doll House staff also accepted contributions in cash 
amounting to $1,559.07 which was given to agencies of the Community 
Cnest. Almost seventeen thousand toys were distributed by the 46 
agencies of the Community Chest, wnile 2,683 dolls and toys went 
Individually to 926 children of 233 underprivileged families* Two 
thousand dolls and toys in slightly used condition were given to the 
Salvation Army. 

R. C. Cosgrove, President of the Radio Manufacturers’ 
Association, will speak Friday, January 2 4th, before the Radio 
Luncheon Group of the American Marketing Association, on the sut>- 
Ject of "Trends in AM, FM and Television". The luncheon will be 
in the Hotel Sheraton, New York City. 

The D. L. & W. has installed the Federal telephone & Radio 
Corporation Carrier Telephone System over its lines between Hoboken, 

N.J. and Scranton, ?a. , and will provide an additional telephone 
circuit between these two points, thus expediting the heave commun¬ 
ications traffic of the railroad. 

In addition, FTR has five other railroad companies using 
its Carrier Telephone and Telegraph equipment, including Speech- 
Plus-Duplex units, which permit commercial speech and telegraph sig¬ 
nals to be transmitted simultaneously over the same wire. This 
type of equipment is also used widely by oil and pipe line compan¬ 
ies, refineries, power companies and independent telephone companies. 

Admiral Richard E. Byrd, as he flies over the frozen wastes 
of unexplored regions of the Antarctic on his present expedition, 
will record his observations on a wire recorder, especially equipped 
for airplane use and loaned by the General Electric Company. 

"The wire recorder will be a tremendous help in being able 
to fully record as we see things", Dr. Siple explained. "On our 
flights in previous expeditions we took notes, which later had to be 
expended upon and transcribed when we returned. It was an easy mat¬ 
ter to forget things which we had neglected to make a pencil note of." 

Parts of these recordings, which are not confidential and 
considered of public interest, will be given to General Electric on 
the return of the expedition for broadcasting over WGY, 

"We may be able to give you a broadcast, which actually 
originated right over the South Pole" was Admiral Byrd’s parting 

Contents of January issue of T he International Review ; 

"Denmark";"The Story of the Marine Division of Mackay 
Radio and Telegraph Company"- Its services to merchant shipping 
range from shore-to-ship radiotelegraph stations to the design, 
installation, and worldwide service of marine radio equipment, and 
"New Duties For Dielectrics" - An I. T. & T. research unit develops 
new dielectrics to keep pace with advancing electronics and tele¬ 
communications needs. 


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Farnsworth Wins 1st Portal-To-Portal Suit - $300,000 Claim.1 

Petrillo Extends Network Contracts For Another Year. 

Pre-Hearing For Argument On Multiple Ownership... 

Tobey Kicks Over Traces; Opposing Small Business Committee 

RMA Head Predicts 300,000 TV S e ts In 1947.. 

Syracuse Again Selected For RMA Engineers Spring Meeting,. 

Rep..Lemke Reveals 13 FM Questions Paul Porter Ducke d............ 6 

N.Y. TV Demonstrations Lead To Final FCC Showdown Feb. 10.9 

Asks Supreme Court To Reverse Chicago Petrillo Decision.10 

Army Awards Medal Of Merit To Dr. .Armstrong.10 

Ralph Beal, RCA Communications Vice-President, Dies.11 

Earl Gammons, CBS V-P, White House Dinner Guest...11 

Conference On AM Broadcast Standards Changes Jan. 30.12 

Ex-Army Captain, Edward Sarnoff, Son Of RCA Head, Marries.12 

Scissors And Paste . 13 

Trade Notes. 15 

No. 1760 

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January 29, 1947 


Legal steps which preceded what is believed to be the 
first instance of a portal-to-portal suit dismissal with prejudice 
against the plaintiff have been disclosed by E. M. Martin, Vice- 
President and Counsel of the Farnsworth Television & Radio Corpor¬ 

The District Court in Fort Wayne, Ind., according to Mr. 
Martin, has dismissed with prejudice a $300,000 pcrtal-to-portal 
pay suit 25 days after it was filed against the Farnsworth Corpora¬ 
tion last December 31 by Local 916, United Electrical Radio and 
Macnine Workers of .America (CIO). 

Two union officials filed the suit as agents of 44 named 
employees in the company's Fort Wayne plant and "all present and 
former employees similarly situated". The court was asked, in the 
complaint, to require the company to answer seven Interrogatories 
proposed by the Union. 

These requested Job classifications of the named employees 
since 1938 and various information relating to each employee In each 
week since 1938, such as starting time, quitting time and lunch 
period and the "amount of time spent on the defendant's premises 
before the established starting time, after the established quitting 
time and during lunch period. " 

On January 7, Vice-President Martin and Alex M. Campbell, 
counsel, of Fort Wayne, filed objections to the interrogatories and 
a motion for a bill of particulars. 

A brief in support of the objections included an affidavit 
by the company controller to the effect that segregation of 13,416 
weekly time cards from the files in storage would be necessary to 
answer the interrogatories for each of the 44 claimants; and that, 
since the interrogatories required answers to 15 separate items for 
each of the 13,416 weekly time cards, a total of 201,240 separate 
questions involving the compilation of data were being asked. 

The controller estimated that a minimum of 15 additional 
clerks working at least one month would be needed to carry out the 
compilation of data required. 

The plaintiffs were asked to designate, for each employee 
referred to, where, when, and for how long during each work-week 
since October 23, 1938, alleged acts, such as the donning and doff¬ 
ing of protective clothing, and the obtaining and storaging of 
equipment, before and after work hours, occurred. 

In an affidavit attached with a supporting brief, the 
company's plant superintendent denied that any employee ever had 
been required by the company to perform any of the alleged acts 
prior to, or subsequent to, working hours, or during lunch periods. 

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On January 11, attorneys Martin and Campbell filed a 
motion asking the court to grant the company leave to take deposi¬ 
tions of the 43 claimants and their agents. Their motion explained 
that depositions were desired for discovery, for use as evidence 
in the action, and because the defendant was "without knowledge of 
the facts sufficient to enable it to frame answer to plaintiffs* 

On January 17, a Fort Wayne morning newspaper reported 
that all except one of the 44 claimants had requested their attorney 
to withdraw the suit. The evening paper of the seme day reported 
that A. W. Doescher, President of the Union, had stated that all 
claimants without exception had signed a letter requesting the 

Mr. Doescner was quoted as saying the claimants agreed to 
withdraw their suit "because we believed we had no claim against 
the company." 

During the day of the 17th, the attorneys for the company 
filed a request for hearing, asking that they be heard by the court 
prior to the issuing of any order dismissing the suit. 

"Obviously the mere dismissal of this action without 
prejudice with respect to the claimants named would have no real 
effect, inasmuch as the suit would still be brought by an agent and 
representative on their behalf as unnamed plaintiffs", the request 
stated. "This simoly means that, instead of being named as employees 
who authorize the complaint, they would fall in the category of the 
unnamed employees on whose behalf the action is brought. 

"Defendant believes that it would be wholly unwarranted to 
ascribe to these emoloyees who have expressed their desire to termi¬ 
nate this litigation any ulterior motive such as a desire to have the 
suit continued for their benefit without the assumotion of the obli¬ 
gations incident to their being named as claimants. Defendant be¬ 
lieves that these claimants are sincere in their desire that this 
litigation be terminated and that it would be unfair to place them 
in a position which would indicate an ulterior motive on tneir part. 

"Tne filing of this complaint has already necessitated the 
spending of substantial time and effort on the part of the defendant 
to prepare its defense. Defendant has filed various motions and 
otner papers herein. Obviously, it would be grossly unfair simply 
to dismiss, in whole or in part, without prejudice, this case at 
this stage of the proceedings and to leave the defendant in a posi¬ 
tion where the same action could be brought de novo at any time, 
requiring defendant again to repeat the steps that have been pre¬ 
viously taken in defending tnis action. 

"In view- of the importance of the form of any order dis¬ 
missing this action or any part thereof, defendant respectfully re¬ 
quests that it be heard by the court prior to the issuing of such 
order. " 

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Jarae6 C. Petrillo, President of the American Federation 
of Musicians, end heads of the four national networks reached an 
agreement last week on extension of their contract for another year. 
The present compact expires Jan. 31. 

Under the accord, representatives of the union in New 
York, Chicago and Los Angeles will negotiate with the networks on 
a local basis in the matter of new pay scales. All other working 
conditions will continue without change, according to Mr. Petrillo. 

Mr. Petrillo also advised the networks that he would con¬ 
sider at a future date the question of musicians working on fre¬ 
quency modulation stations. He indicated that this would be after 
the United States Supreme Court had ruled on the Lea Act. The Lea 
Act, designed to curb the union’s activities in radio, recently 
was declared unconstitutional in Federal Court in Chicago. 

At present the union requires the employment of a double 
crew of musicians if a program is duplicated simultaneously on both 
a standard and FM station, a ruling which has had the effect of 
keeping "live music" off FM. 



On January 9, 1947, the Commission adopted an order 
scheduling for February 7th, oral argument before the Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission en ban c on interpretation and application 
of the Commission's Rules and Regulations concerning multiple owner¬ 
ship of broadcast stations, particularly FM and Television stations. 

A pre-hearing conference will be held on Friday, January 
31, 1947, at 10:00 A.M. in Room 1146, New Post Office Building, 
in Washington. All persons expecting to appear at the oral argu¬ 
ment are invited to attend. It is expected that on or before the 
date of the pre-hearing conference there will be made available for 
the information and assistance of the parties at the oral argument, 
a series of maps, prepared by the FCC’s staff, showing the extent 
of overlap in a number of cases in which the Commission has made 
grants of FM applications. 


Governor James L. I.'cConaughty from Hartford Monday, 

January 27th, made the first of a weekly broadcast series, which he 
said he plans to conduct as a means of keeping Connecticut people 
informed about their Government. Twelve radio stations broadcast 
the program which originated in the Governor's mansion. 


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Senator Tobey (r), of New Hampshire, gave a pretty good 
preview last Friday of what a bull-in-a-china shop he may prove in 
forthcoming sessions of the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee 
which also has to do with radio and communications. In fact, a 
bill which Senator Tobey is about to introduce to give the Federal 
Communications Commission a thorough going over, especially with 
regard to the FM reallocation, may be the first piece of radio 
legislation the newly reorganized committee will have to consider 
and if so, it is predicted Senator Tobey may again cause the sparks 
to fly. 

In fact, one of the reasons for Mr. Tobey getting off the 
reservation Friday was caused by his colleague, Senator Wallace 
White ( r) , of Maine, taking over the Chairmanship of the Interstate 
Commerce Committee as well as the Senate leadership. Both Tobey 
and Senator Reed (R), of Kansas, wanted the Committee chairmanship 
themselves. Senator Tobey finally accepted the chairmanship of 
the Senate Banking Committee but Reed turned down an opportunity 
to head the Civil Service Committee, 

Senator Tobey's main target Friday was Senator Wherry (R), 
of Nebraska. It was in the matter of extending the Small Business 
Committee, Tobey charging this was being done to create a Committee 
chairmanship for Wherry, who already holds the important position 
of Senate whip. The Small Business Committee also touches radio 
in that it is now conducting a survey of weekly newspapers and 
among the questions asked is how is radio, especially FM affecting 

The Republican forces defeated a proposal by Tobey to have 
the Banking Committee which he heads handle all questions involving 
the Nation's small business. 

Angrily bolting his party's leadership, Senator Tobey 
charged the GOP with creating the special Senate Committee on Small 
Business and extending the Senate War Investigating Committee only 
to give "lillipops" in the form of Committee chairmanship to "faith¬ 
ful subleaders. " 

"I now present another example of the confusion, the in¬ 
efficiency, and the explanations which do not explain, introduced 
into the proceedings of the Senate by the roundabout devices em¬ 
ployed to achieve the undisclosed purposes for which the resolution 
to create these special committees were introduced", Senator Tobey 

For more than an hour, most of it on time given him by the 
delighted Democrats, Senator Tobey pounded away at the leadership of 
his own party. 

The Senate's activities since the Republicans had taken 
over had been characterized by "blunder, blunder and blunder", the 
New Hampshire Senator charged. 


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In sputtering fury, Senator Tobey insisted that the GOP 
leadership - meaning Senator Robert A. Taft (R. , Ohio), Senators 
White and Wherry - has ,r been running the train off the rails. " 

Despite the opposition of the New Hampshire Senator, 
however, thw GOP steamroller came through with a vote of 46 to 42 
to extend the life of the special Small Business Committee - this 
time headed by Senator Wherry - for one year with S50,000 to fin¬ 
ance its operations for that period. 

However, those who know Senator Tobey say that so far as 
his kicking over the party traces go, this is only the beginning. 



R. C. Cosgrove, President of the Radio Manufacturers’ 
Association, and Vice-President of the Crosley Manufacturing Co., 
addressing the American Marketing Association in New York last week, 
predicted that the industry will turn out 300,000 television sets, 
compared with 6,465 last year, but he supplied no breakdown as to 
table, direct view consoles and projection consoles. 

In connection with television, he emphasized that manu¬ 
facturers will have to take losses until lower orices make real 
sales volume a certainty. 

"Until we turn out a good set for $150, we are not going 
to get profitable volume", he stated. 

Touching on the current controversy between black and 
white and color images, Mr. Cosgrove was quoted by the New Yor k 
Times as saying: "It would be an outrage to hold up the industry 
now by large-scale introdu ction of color. " 

Mr. Cosgrove, discussing FM, said that radio manufacturers 
will produce at least 2,000,000 frequency modulation sets this year, 
tenfold over 1946, with an estimated retail volume of $225,000,000. 



The Spring meeting of Transmitter and Transmitting Tube 
Engineers of the Radio Manufacturers’ Association will be held from 
April 28 to 30 at Syracuse, N.Y. The first two days will be devot¬ 
ed to technical sessions and engineering Committee meetings with the 
Spring meeting dinner on the second evening. The third day will be 
used for inspection trips. 

The Committee handling the arrangements are J. J. Farrell, 
Chairman of the Transmitter Section; I. R. Weir of General Electric 
Co. ; and Virgil M. Graham of Sylvania Electrid Products, Inc. 


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Almost a year ago following the Federal Communications 
Commission’s moving FM upstairs into the 100 megacycle band, E. F. 
McDonald, Jr,, who had protested against this, wrote a letter to 
Paul porter, then Chairman of the Commission, the contents of which 
were not revealed until last Monday. This was by Reoresentative 
William Lemke (R), of North Dakota, offering a copy of the letter 
in evidence when he appeared before the House Interstate and Foreign 
Commerce Committee to urge passage of his resolution to restore FM 
to the 50 megacycle band. 

It has been learned from a reliable source the question 
referred to below which Chairman Porter asked Major Edwin H. 
Armstrong, inventor of FM, and Commander McDonald was: "Do you 
have confidence in the integrity of the Communications Commission 
or do you believe they are influenced by commercial interests?" 

Space does not permit reprinting the entire McDonald-Porter letter 
but salient portions follow: 

"You asked Major E. H. Armstrong and me a question, which 
neither of us answered at the time. Naturally, you are still ex¬ 
pecting an answer from us. I cannot, of course, speak for Major 
Armstrong, but it would helo me in arriving at my own conclusion if 
you would give me your answers to the thirteen questions that fol¬ 
low: * ■» * 

"F irst Q uestion : Who was it who first suggested to the 
Commission that it take away from FM the 50 megacycle band, where 
it had rendered an unequalled service in many areas for five years, 
and move it to the untried, unexplored, unproved 100 megacycle band, 
which, as has now been demonstrated, will make it primarily a city 
service ? 

"In 1940 the FCC assigned to FM a section of the 50 me 
band of the radio spectrum. We were led to believe that this as¬ 
signment was permanent. The industry proceeded to build FM trans¬ 
mitters and receivers, and the public purchased approximately 
400,000 high priced FM receivers during the period 1940-44. During 
this period FM gave unequalled service on the 50 me band, not only 
to cities, but to the rural areas as well, in sections where 50 me 
FM transmitters were installed. 

" Second Question : Why was the proposal to move FM from 
the efficient 50 me band to the inefficient 100 me band advanced 
only after FM had proved its superiority to standard AM broadcasting? 

"In 1944, the Radio Technical Planning Board of the redio 
industry, w hich was organized at t h e request o f FCC , and which 
represented the best engineering talent of the entire radio industry 
voted on the question of whether FM should be moved from the 50 me. 
band. There were 27 votes again st moving FM from the proved, effic¬ 
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" Third Question : Why did the Commissioners ignore the 
advice of the very Radio Technical Planning Board that had been 
organized at their request? 

’’Early in 1945, after having heard the testimony and oral 
arguments before FCC on the subject of whether or not to move FM, 
this same Radio Technical Planning Board again recommended, by a 
v ote of 21 to 1 , that FM remain in the efficient 50 me band and not 
be moved to the untried, unexplored 100 me band. 

’’ Fourth Question ; Why did the FCC again ignore the ad¬ 
vice of the Radio Technical Planning Board which, a fter hearing 
the testimony presented at the FCC hearings , voted so overwhelmingly 
against moving FM? 

"There are in the United States only a very few scientists 
who are qualified as experts on the propagation of radio waves. Dur¬ 
ing the FCC hearings of 1944-45 eight of these experts testified on 
the subject of moving FM. Seven of them, distinguished scientists 
all, after carefully considering the question, recommended that FM 
remain in the 50 me band. * * * * 

"Only one Propagation witness, Mr. K. A. Norton, a former 
employee of the Commission who appeared for the Commission, recom¬ 
mended that FM be moved to the 100 me band. 

" Fifth Question : Why did the Commission accent the advice 
of theorist Norton and ignore the recommendation of seven distin¬ 
guished propagation experts? 

"Sixth Question: Why did the Commission move this great 
service from the proved, efficient 50 me band to the untried and 
unproved 100 me band, against the evidence of the only factual data 
available, and be for e itself making actual, comorehensive tests of 
the new frequencies? 

"The principal reason given by the Commission for moving 
FM was that in the 50 me band it might be subject to interference. 

It is conceded by the entire radio engineering fraternity that tele¬ 
vision is at least 100 times as subject to interference as FM. 

" Seventh Question : Why did the FCC assign television to 
the 50 me band when it knew that television was far more subject to 
interference than FM? 

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"E ighth Question : Why did the Commission state in its 
press release that their Laurel findings disproved our findings 
when it was obvious that they did not, instead of revealing to the 
public that their long range Andalusia tests confirmed our findings? 

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" Ninth Question : Why, Chairman Porter, did you ask me 
to include the 42-44 me band in our petition, which inclusion 
brought in objections from various police departments all over the 
country who had been assigned that band, and from others, after we 
had indicated our belief that public interest would be served at 
this time by the reassignment of only the 44-50 me band? 

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" Tenth Question ; Why did the Commission ignore the un¬ 
controverted factual evidence established by your tests, and ours, 
and deny the prayer of the petition which we filed at your personal 
re qu^t ? 

" Eleventh Question ; Why did the Commission again ignore 
the testimony of the distinguished scientists who, as above stated, 
confimed our findings? 

"In our discussion of the problem you, yourself, wrote to 
me, 'You may be assured that the Commission’s conclusions will re¬ 
flect our determinations of the requirements of the public interest 
as distinguished from the immediate short-range interest of any 
group, including private manufacturers.' 

"At the January 13-19 hearings in Washington, most of 
the opposition to reassigning FIJI to the efficient 44-50 me, as well 
as the 100 me band, came from manufacturers who were tooled to pro¬ 
duce single band 100 me, sets, and did not wish to redesign their 

" Twelfth Q uestion ; Was any weight given by the Commis¬ 
sion to testimony of private manufacturers that granting of the 
petition would interfere with their 'short range interests'? 

" Thirteenth Question : Is it the Commission's intention 
to permit stations now broadcasting on the 50 me band, and inter¬ 
fering with no other service, to continue on this band long enough 
for further comparative, nationwide, comprehensive testing with new 
stations on high power on the 100 me band, or do you intend to re¬ 
move them from the air and forever destroy their opportunity to 
further demonstrate to the entire radio engineering fraternity and 
to the public, the much greater efficiency of the 50 me band for 
providing service to the farmer?" 

Replying, Mr. Porter wrote, in part, as follows: 

"I do not propose to respond to these questions seriatim, 
but rather wish to advise you that an opinion soon to be issued by 
the Commission will contain the reasons in support of its unanimous 
position to maintain FM at this 88-108 me.) portion in the radio 

"I would prefer to rely upon the Commission's official 
decision than to undertake a detailed response to the 13 questions 
which you have submitted. 

"The Commission and its staff have carefully analyzed the 
record of this proceeding and other information in previous proceed¬ 
ings. It was the unanimous conclusion of the Commission and its 
staff that the public would be ultimately best served by the deci¬ 
sion we have made. It was a difficult question to resolve, parti¬ 
cularly when many of the factors involved a judgment upon abstruse 
technical considerations concerning which there is but little factu¬ 
al information. However, we have reached a conclusion based upon 
our appraisal of all the considerations involved as to what is most 
desirable from a public standpoint. It is therefore my hope that 
all elements of the industry will now go forward to develop this 
new service. " 


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Climaxing a series of color broadcasts throughout the day 
into the crowded 17th floor courtroom of the Federal Court House on 
Foley Square, New York City, the Columbia Broadcasting System last 
Monday afternoon (Jan. 27th) demonstrated before Chairman Charles R. 
Denny and other officials of the Federal Communications Commission, 
the feasibility of sending color television over long distances on 
coaxial cables. The pictures of a live color program were trans¬ 
mitted 450 miles by cable to Washington and back to New York, and 
then broadcast into the courtroom. 

During the demonstration, direct comparison was made 
between the pictures sent via Washington and those received directly 
from the transmitter in the Chrysler Tower in mid-town New York. 

Most of the day’s proceedings were devoted to direct 
testimony by Dr. Peter C. Goldmark, inventor of the CBS color 
system, on such technical points as the definition, contrast and 
brightness of his pictures. 

Representatives of the Radio Corporation of America, 

Philco and the A. B. DuMont Laboratories, which have opposed adop¬ 
tion of the CBS standards, were scheduled to present their cases 

RCA's demonstration was to be held today (Wed., Jan. 29) 
in the Penn’s Neck Community Club at Princeton, N.J. Following 
these sessions the tpcc hearings will conclude in Washington 
February 10th. 

The CBS broadcasts Monday highlighted a day during which 
CBS displayed complete operation of its ultra-high frequency color 
television facilities in accordance with the standards it proposed 
for FCC adoption. The proceedings made courtroom as well as tele¬ 
vision history. They marked the first broadcast of television pro¬ 
grams into an American courtroom, and the first time a television 
system in its entirety had been demonstrated at an FCC hearing. 

All broadcasts originated in the CBS laboratories at 485 
Madison Avenue, corner East 52nd Street. A CBS color camera with 
an orthicon tube was used for live pickup. For film and slide pick¬ 
up, a dissector tube was used. Except for the broadcasts after 
transmission via Washington, all the pictures were carried via 
coaxial cable from the CBS building to the Chrysler Tower transmit¬ 
ter of W2XCS, CES’ experimental color television station, and then 

For the coaxial cable tests, the pictures were carried 
from tne CBS building at 485 Madison Avenue to the Grand Central 
Terminal, then via American Telephone and Telegraph Company cable to 
the A. T. & T. Building in New York, then over the A. T. & T. cable 
to Washington end back to New York, then to the Chrysler Tower trans¬ 
mitter, where they were broadcast and received at the FCC hearing. 

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Reversal of a Federal District Court ruling holding the 
Lea Act, which was aimed at the "stand-by” rules established by 
the American Federation of Musicians, to be Unconstitutional, was 
asked of the Supreme Court by the Justice Department Monday, Janu¬ 
ary 26th. The AFL union, headed by James C. Petrillo, demands that 
broadcasting studios hire extra musicians where musical selections 
are played. 

George T. Washington, Acting Solicitor General, filed a 
brief with rhe high court, urging an immediate review of the ruling 
by Judge Walter J. LaBuy of the District Court at Chicago. The 
LaBuy finding was a victory for the musicians, who had called a 
strike at a Chicago radio station because of their demand that addi¬ 
tional musicians must be employed. 

The Lea Act, said Mr. Washington, represented "the delib¬ 
erate judgment of Congress as to the existence’of an evil affecting 
tne broadcasting system of the nation, and as to the best method 
of remedying such evil. ” 

"The very fact that tne decision nullifies an act which 
Congress deemed necessary for the welfare of the nation in itself 
establishes the substantiality of the question involved", he stated. 

The appeal was taken directly from the District Court. 
Before the Supreme Court decides whether to review the case, an 
opportunity will be given to the musician’s federation to file an 
answering brief. 



Dr. Edwin H. Armstrong, radio inventor end Professor of 
Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, received the Medal 
for Merit Tuesday (January 28) in Washington from Maj. Gen. H. C. 
Ingles, Army Chief Signal Officer. His citation, signed by Presi¬ 
dent Truman, said: 

"Dr. Armstrong contributed greatly to the improvement of 
military radio communications by his numerous inventions in the radio 
field and by his unselfish and patriotic efforts as a voluntary 
adviser to the Chief Signal Officer of the Army, 

"He was instrumental in influencing the Army to adopt 
frequency modulation for its mobile communications equipment - 
acknowledged to be the finest in the world - and he greatly facil¬ 
itated production of this equipment by making his frequency modula¬ 
tion patents available on a $l-a-year royalty basis to any one manu¬ 
facturing apparatus for the War Department for military purposes." 



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Ralph R. Beal, 59, Vice-President in Charge of Engineer¬ 
ing of RCA Communications, Inc., in New York, died suddenly last 
Friday, January 24th. 

Mr. Beal was a pioneer in radio, television and electron¬ 
ics. As a field engineer in the early days of radiotelegraph com¬ 
munication, he participated in the first investigations into high- 
power point-to-point radio transmission and contributed toward the 
development of the art into a dependable means of world-wide inter¬ 
national communication. Later, as Research Director of the R^dio 
Corporation of America, he was given the responsibility of coordi¬ 
nating research and advanced engineering development activities of 
RCA and its subsidiaries. 

Serving as Research Director from 1934 to 1943, Mr. Beal 
originated and supervised programs of research which constantly 
broadened the field of radio products and services. Among major 
developments during this period were the application of radio- 
electronics to numerous non-communication purposes, the electron 
microscope, television, theater television, radar, radio relays, 
and the opening of the microwave section of the radio soectrum. 

Following his graduation from Leland Stanford in 1912, 

Mr. Beal, a native of Kansas, joined the Federal Telegraph Company 
in San Francisco. Two years later, he was sent to Panama to take 
charge of the installation of the early continuous wave radio com¬ 
munication station of the U. S. Navy and later directed the instal¬ 
lation of equipment in radio stations of the Navy in Hawaii and the 
Philippines. During World War I he installed the powerful Navy sta¬ 
tions in Annapolis; Sayville, L.I. and Bordeaux, France. Subse¬ 
quently, Mr. Beal made engineering studies and investigations in the 
Orient, related to establishing direct overseas radio communications 
between the United States and China. 

In 1926, Mr. Beal joined Radio Corporation‘of America as 
its Pacific Division Engineer. In 1934, he was transferred to New 
York as Research Supervisor of RCA. Three years later, he was made 
Research Director. When RCA formed a committee in 1935 to study 
television broadcasting, he was made Chairman, a post which he held 
for nine years. 



Earl H. Gammons, Washington Vice-President of the Columbia 
Broadcasting System, and Mrs. Gammons, were among the guests Tuesday 
night, January 28th, when President and Mrs. Truman entertained at 
dinner for President Pro Tempore of the Senate Arthur H. Vandenberg, 
of Michigan. 

Each year a dinner is given at the White House for the 
Vice President. In the absence of a Vice President this year, the 

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dinner honored the temporary president of the Senate, the office 
usually filled by the Vice-President. 

The President and Mrs. Truman received in the East Room, 
and shortly after 8 o’clock the President led the assemblage into 
the State Dining Room. Those present included Senate Republican 
leader Wallace White, Jr., of Maine, and Mrs. White. 



A number of engineers have submitted comments to the Com¬ 
mission in respect to the proposed changes in the Standards of Good 
Engineering Practice Concerning Standard Froadcast Stations referred 
to in public notices of the FCC December 27, 1946 and Jan. 17, 1947„ 
the FCC advises and states further: 

"In view of the fact that the temporary expediting proce¬ 
dure for standard broadcast applications referred to in the notice 
dated January 8, 1947, contemplates Commission action on Standa.rd 
Broadcast applications on the basis of the revised Standards, it 
becomes necessary for the Commission to reach a definite decision 
regarding these changes before February 7th. In the interest of 
resolving the differences of opinion that have become apparent from 
comments submitted, a further conference and discussion among engi¬ 
neers appears advisable and the need for haste, as explained above, 
is responsible for the short notice which must be given. 

"The conference will convene at 10 A. M. in Room 2232 of 
the Commission’s offices on January 30th, and all engineers inter¬ 
ested in applications on file with the Commission are urged to 
attend and to be prepared to offer constructive criticisms of the 
proposed changes. It may be possible, if the engineering profession 
is adequately represented, to reach a general agreement on the form 
of the revisions and to avoid further delay in adoption of the 
Standards that would be occasioned by oral argument before the Com¬ 
mission and/or further legal proceedings. " 



Miss Jean Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Brown, was 
married to Edward Sarnoff, son of Brig. Gen. and Mrs. David Sarnoff 
of New York, Sunday afternoon, January 26th, in the home of her 
parents in Scarsdale, N.Y. by the Rev. Dr. Jonah B. Wise. 

Mrs. Sarnoff was graduated from the Ethical Culture, 
Fieldston and Katharine Gibbs Schools. Her husband, an alumnus of 
Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass, and Brown University, did post¬ 
graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Har¬ 
vard University. 

During the war he served in the Pacific with the Army Sig¬ 
nal Cores, reaching the rank of Captain. Late in the conflict, he 
was stationed at Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters in the Phil¬ 
ippines and in Jaoan. Since his release from the Array, he has oeen 
with the Technical Department of the American Broadcasting Company. 

After a wedding trip to Florida, the couple will make 

their home in Hartford, Conn. 


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Calls Truman* s Attention to Failure to Appoint More Women 

(Drew Pearson] 

President Truman’s failure to appoint more women to high 
office was tactfully laid before the President by a group of ladies 
the other day. 

Mrs. LaPelle Dickinson, president of the General Federa¬ 
tion of Women’s Clubs, headed the delegation and told Truman quite 
frankly that women generally were disturbed because he hadn’t ap¬ 
pointed as many women to Government jobs as Roosevelt had,* * * * 

Mrs. Dickinson strongly urged the appointment of a woman 
to the existing vacancy on the Federal Communications Commission, 
but didn’t suggest any names. The women’s club leader pointed out 
women make up the overwhelming majority of daytime radio listeners 
yet had no representation whatsoever on the FCC. (Some of the women 
present favor Marion Martin, former women’s director of the Republi¬ 
can National Committee, for the FCC vacancy; others are backing 
former Congresswoman Chase Going Woodhouse of Connecticut.) 

R adio. Press ,_ Accused Of Being Used In Smear Campaigns 

TFrom the '’Smear Terror" in the "Chicago Tribune" by John T. 
Flynn. This series of articles has been reprinted in pamphlet form 
and may be had from Mr. Flynn at 15 East 40th St, , New York City, 
for 25 cents a copy. According to the author "private gestapos 
nave been formed in this country to terrorize citizens who differ 
with the objectives of the operators. They feed out carefully 
guarded smears through radio and press to destroy the representa¬ 
tives of loyal Americans as traitors and fascists." 

The American people are entitled to protection against 
the use of the radio for the abuse of private citizens. The radio 
has been one of the chief instruments of these gestapos for spread¬ 
ing their smears, often through recently arrived refugees steaming 
with the hatreds of the feuds from which they have fled in Europe, 
while the defamed citizen has no means of defense. 

Questions Supreme Court WOKO Decision Interpretation 
(A letter to the "Washington Post" from a reader, 

Bryce Rea, Jr., of Falls Church, Va. ) 

As a lawyer, I should like to take issue with your state¬ 
ment that it follows from the Supreme Court's decision in the WOKO 
case that the FCC has authority "to refuse a license renewal on the 
basis of inadequate program performance". In the WOKO case the 
Supreme Court said no more than that the commission of the crime of 
making false statements under oath was justification for the Commis¬ 
sion to refuse a broadcast license. 

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There is no parallel between whet amounts to perjury and 
the failure to live up to what you call "promises" with respect to 
program performance. Neither the Commission nor any applicant con¬ 
siders statements as to proposed program service as any more than 
estimates or ideas or tentative plans made on the basis of prelim¬ 
inary studies at a particular time, and therefore subject to such 
change as practical day to day experience makes necessary or desir¬ 
able. Furthermore, there can be no such thing as a "systematic 
course of deception" in programming. This is obvious from a glance 
at the reports which every station is required to file with the FCC 
regularly and which set forth in complete detail the typical pro¬ 
gram policy of every station, 

"You make the statement that "if the FCC were to tell 
broadcasters in advance what programs they must present, that would 
be censorship indeed." It occurs to me that the exaction of such 
"promises" by the Commission as a requisite for a license is indeed 
telling broadcasters in advance what programs they must present, and 
is therefore the very censorship which the Communications Act spec¬ 
ifically forbids. I wonder what your reaction to such demands as 
to program performance will be when you apply for a license to 
broadcast your paper by facsimile. For instance, will you consider 
it proper for the FCC to forbid you to editorialize? This example 
is not far-fetched, for as you no doubt know, standard stations are 
now forbidden to editorialize and Chairman Denny has stated that the 
same rule applies to facsimile. 

"Voice of America" Claims 100,0 00 ,000 Potential Listeners 

( "Parade ") 

Very few people know there is a fifth (radio network). 
There is. But in spite of the fact that it has the most inclusive 
name of any network on the air, that it has some 100,000,000 poten¬ 
tial listeners, and that it broadcasts some 5,000 urograms a month 
on a 24-hour-a-day schedule, it has almost no listeners from Talla¬ 
hassee to Seattle, and its programs would get a Hooper rating of 
zero minus in Des Moines or South Philadelohia. 

The reason is this. The fifth network is the "Voice of 
America", which, in English and 23 other languages, speaks America's 
mind to the peoples of Latin America, Europe, Asia, A.frica, and the 
wide Southwest Pacific. 

The "Voice of America" is not supported by the sale of 
time. Its sole sponsor is the U. S. Department of State, and its 
function is to let the dial-twisting peoples of all other countries 
know what most Americans are thinking and doing, and what their 
government, also, is thinking and doing. 

To discharge this somewhat sober mission, the "Voice of 
America" devotes much of its time to talking about the day’s events 
in straight news broadcasts and in commentaries on the news. 

In addition it broadcasts forum discussion on American 
and world problems, and reports on cultural and artistic advances 
here; and from time to time offers play-backs of commercial network 
shows. The latter, at least, let listeners know what Americans 
think is funny or diverting. 

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To be introduced by James D. Shouse, President of the 
Crosley Broadcasting Corporation, Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, Chair¬ 
man of the Radio Corporation of America, will be the principal 
speaker of the Cincinnati Technical and Scientific Societies 
Tuesday, February 11th. Mayor James Garfield Stewart of Cincinnati 
will welcome General Sarnoff at a dinner preceding the address to 
the technical societies. 

Perhaps the highest municipal radio police radio antenna 
in the world is that of Philadelphia which is in the hat of the 
statue of William Penn atop of City Hall, 591 feet above the street 
level. This is higher than the Washington Monument. 

This antenna is part of the city’s new $165,000 radio¬ 
telephone system for police patrol cars and will make it possible 
for a radio dispatcher to converse simultaneously with any number 
of the 300 cars to be equipped with the system. 

An end to priorities on Federal jobs for World War II 
veterans within five to ten years was urged in talks last week 
before the Society for Personnel Administration in Washington. 

Senator Harry P. Cain (R.,Wash,) deplored the policy after 
World War I whereby veterans "got priority rights that extended in 
perpetuity. " 

Amvets Commander Ray Sawyer, on extended leave as a counsel 
for the FCC, favored "cancellation of the present system of five 
points preference on civil service exams for veterans and 10 points 
for disabled veterans". 

Sawyer decried the system "as placing a premium on incom¬ 
petence" and wanted to substitute a "five-year guarantee that any 
veteran who passes qualifying examinations will have first chance 
at job openings." 

Because of the interest created by the announcement of 
RCA*s first coin-operated radio set, a special press demonstration 
of this instrument has been arranged to take place at the Coin 
Machine Operators Convention in Chicago Monday, February 3, at 
10:00 A.M. in the Hotel Sherman. 

Charles O'Neil Weisser, formerly Sales Promotion Manager, 
has been promoted to Sales Manager of Emerson Radio and Phonograph 
Corporation. He joined the company in 1 936 as Western Divisional 
Manager with headquarters in Los Angeles. 

The planning and organizing of the national distribution 
of 3endix Radio Division of Bendix Aviation Corporation was discuss¬ 
ed before the Marketing Conference of the Advertising Club of 
Baltimore by J. T. Da.lton, Manager of Distribution. 

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What is believed to be a new record for long tube life 
was recently reported in a letter to the RCA Tube Department from 
Roland W.Richardt, Chief Engineer of the Northern Broadcasting 
Company 1 s station WSAU in Wausau, Wisconsin. 

Installed more than 10 years ago, a pair of RCA-872 half¬ 
wave mercury-vapor rectifiers, working 16 to 18 hours daily in the 
station's transmitter, are still oerforming satisfactorily and show 
no sign of weakening. Total time in service is already well past 
the 55,000 mark. 

Dr. Lee de Forest, who invented the audion tube on which 
rhe radio and motion-picture industries and much of modern electron¬ 
ics have been built, received the Edison Medal of the American 
Institute of Electrical Engineers last night (Jan. 23) in New York, 
one day before the fortieth anniversary of the granting of the 
Invention's patent. 

Dr. De Forest, who developed his revolutionary tube at 
Armour Institute as a young man, now is back in Chicago directing 
veterans in training at American Television, Inc. He is 73 years 

old. ____ 

New rules and regulations have been sent by the Broadcast 
Measurement Bureau to subscribing stations pertaining to BMB sta¬ 
tion audience data by subscribers. The new rules permit presenta¬ 
tion of the data in three forms, shown in a folder containing the 
rules. The preamble to the rules states that "BMB subscribers may 
publish their official BMB reports in detail which preserves the 
completeness and meaning of the original reports," The presenta¬ 
tions emphasize (1) clearly and prominently defined maps; (2) 
tables which support the maps and whicn present the BMB data as 
conspicuously as any other information, such as market data, and 
(3) a prominent offer of the coraolete BMB audience reprint. 

At the time of the FM Association meeting in Washington, 
page ads appeared in the newspapers which read, in cart, as follows: 

''Regardless of any and all atmospheric conditions, it's 
always Clear Listening with FM (Frequency Modulation)" 

"FM gives an Amazing Performance: No fading... 
not affected by lightning or any other atmospheric 
interference by other variation in signal strength day 
and night," 

"FM Gives You Perfect Reception: The worst thunderstorms 
do not affect the broadcast. There's no crackling, popwing and buzz¬ 
ing of electrical interference from street cars, elevators, electric 
shavers, vacuum cleaners, transformers and many other electrical 
devices. " 

"Ask for FM Demonstration. Your favorite radio dealer 
will demonstrate FM to you today. " 

"This advertisement is sponsored, in the public interest, 
by the following Metropolitan Washington radio broadcasting stations 
who now are, or soon will be, on the air with FM - WINX-FM; WGAY-FM; 


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Piiila. Record-WCAU Sale Rouses U. S. To Probe, Press Strikes.1 

Paine, of ASCAP, Now Chevalier In French Legion Of Honor..2 

Finds External FM Antennas Best; Camoaign Promotes Use.3 

Radio Engineers To Discuss Technical Phases Of Color TV..3 

WAA To Cut Red Tape In Electronic Surpluses Disposal.4 

Pres. Truman Takes Night Off For Radio Scribes’ Dinner.5 

FCC Turns Down Request To Label Standard Broadcast ’’AM”.6 

WGBS, Miami, Also To Join CBS; Maybe WAGA, Atlanta, Later.7 

Mark Woods Elected ^o Metropolitan Opera Boa.rd..7 

Price Again Points ^o Radio, Press, Film Censorship Danger.8 

Poles Rebuke British Radio.8 

Court Rules Taxi Passenger May Choose Own Program .9 

United Kingdom Receiving Tube And Set Imports.9 

Transmitting Equipment Sales Rise In Third Quarter Of 1946.10 

Fada Radio Buys Factory...10 

Gallup Charges Radio With Fudging Listening Figures.11 

Senate Clears Erickson Of Sen. Wheeler’s Book Charge.11 

Norway’s Powerful Short-Wave Transmitter Nears Completion.12 

Foreign Rights On Harry Butcher’s Eisenhower Book At Issue.12 

Scissors And Paste.. ..13 

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Reverberations of David. Stern selling the three month 
strike-bound. Philadelphia Record. , the Camden post and Evening 
C ourier and WCAtJ, 50,000 watt broadcasting station to Robert 
Me Clean, of the P hiladelphia Bulletin , quickly reached Washington 
with the result that the Government will not only look into this 
unprecedented labor crisis but will investigate other strikes which 
caused newspapers to close down, including the Kansas Cit.y Star , 
the Los Angeles Herald , and the Gannett papers in Rochester, N. Y. 

Representative J. Fred Hartley, Jr. (r), of New Jersey, 
Chairman of the House Labor Committee saying that '’the recent 
epidemic of strikes by the CIO Guild had presented an unexpected 
crisis" was the first to get into action on Capitol Hill. He said 
that leading newspaper publishers and representatives of the .Ameri¬ 
can Newspaper Guild had been invited to exolain to the Committee 
the differences between the Guild and the publishers. 

Representative Hartley said the decision to hear details 
of the controversy grew out of the sale of the Philadelphia Recor d, 
Broadcasting Station WCAU, and the two Camden, N.J. papers follow¬ 
ing a long dispute with the Guild. 

"This development not only terminates the strike which 
began on November 7, 1946, against the Philadelphia Record , but 
apparently throws out of employment 600 members of the Guild and 
800 other employees," Representative Hartley said. 

Invited to testify, Representative Hartley said, are 
J. David Stern, former publisher of the Record; Roy Roberts, Manag¬ 
ing Editor of the Kansa s_C ity Star , "and other leading publishers" 

in addition to representatives of the Guild. 

Almost at the same time that Representative Hartley acted, 
Attorney General Tom Clark sent telegrams to Messrs. Stern and 
McLean inviting them to come to Washington. This was construed to 
mean that the Justice Department wanted to determine whether the 
Stern-McLean deal is in conflict with the Federal .Anti-Trust Laws, 
as the suspension of the Record leaves Philadelphia, a city of 
2,000,000 population with only one morning newspaper. 

Still a third Government agency automatically enters the 
situation as the Federal Communications Commission must pass on the 
sale of WCAU to the Bulletin and the disposal of the Bulletin’s 
Station WPEN which it must sell if it takes on the more powerful 
WCAU to comply with the FCC rule prohibiting more than one station 
in the same area to be operated by the same owner. 

Mr. McLean said reassuringly to WCAU employees who were 
not on strike: "The operation of radio station WCAU is not affect¬ 
ed by the sale. It will continue to render service under the 


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direction of the present management which is in full control of 
the station. " 

It is too early to ^upraise final results but apparently 
the strikers have met with one of the most stunning defea_ts in the 
history of organized labor. How much Mr. Stern may have lost as a 
result of the clash is not known but it is certain that Mr. McLean, 
who is also President of the Associated Press, in addition to secur¬ 
ing a much desired Sunday morning Philadelphia newspaoer franchise, 
is the biggest winner in having acquired WCAU, one of the most 
valuable radio properties in the East* It is a clear channel sta¬ 
tion operating on 1210 kc with ten times the cower of WPEN, the 
Bulletin's station. 

It can be assumed that the B ulletin is probably much more 
satisfied to get Station WCAU than perhaps the Record and the other 
Camden papers inasmuch as it had tried to secure WC4U at the time 
Mr. Stern purchased it 

Mr. Stern is reported to have sold his newspapers and 
the broadcasting station at from $10,000,000 to $13,000,000. This 
could well be as last Fell he caid Dr. Leon Levy, brother-in-law 
of William S. Paley, Chairman of the Columbia Broadcasting System, 
and Dr. Levy's brother Ike, $ 6 ,000,000 for WCAU alone. Philadelphia 
has nine standard broadcast stations but only two of them - WCAU 
and KYW, owned by Westinghouse,- have the maximum 50 KW cower. The 
nearest to that is WIBG- with 10,000 watts and two other 5,000 watt 

WPEN was acquired by the Philadelphia Bulletin from Arde 
Bulova in 1945 for $620,000. It operates on 950 kcs. with 5,000 
watts but has no network affiliation. Here again the B ulletin is 
the gainer in acquiring WCAU which is an old splendidly established 
CBS outlet and it more or less puts the Bulletin in the big time. 



John G. Paine, General Manager of the American Society of 
Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASC.AP) was made Chevalier of the 
National Order of the Legion of u onor. The Award was bestowed by 
M. Henri Bonnet, French Consul at the Office of the French Cultural 
Attache, in New York. 

This is the second time that Mr. Paine has been decorated 
by the French Government for his work in the field of international 
copyright 5 in 1939 he was elected an Officier d'Academie. 



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Feeling that an antenna is a very important adjunct of 
an FM radio set, William R. Hutchins, Manager of WFMR, New Bedford, 
has been carrying on a campaign designed to promote the general use 
of external antennas* 

"The FM Question Box”, a daily question-and-answer column 
in The New Bedford Standard-Times frequently plugs the desirability 
of external antennas for obtaining the best FM receotion. Instruc¬ 
tion sheets for making a folded-dipole antenna are offered to 
readers and listeners and copies of these instructions have been 
sent to almost 200 radio dealers in WFMR* s coverage area. 

WFMR has found that built-in antennas do not always give 
satisfactory reception even in areas of 10,000 microvolt signal 
strengths, and believes that only through general adODtion of high¬ 
er external antennas can FM gain the faithful audience it deserves. 
For this reason the cheapest effective antenna is being recommended 
to dealers and purchasers. 



Color television will also come into the technical discus¬ 
sions of the Spring Meeting of the Radio Manufacturers' Association's 
Engineering Department to be held at Syracuse, N.Y. April 28-30, 
when J. p. Wilmer of the Columbia Broadcasting System will describe 
"Color Television Transmitters Design in the UHF”, and C. E. Hall¬ 
mark, of the Farnsworth Television & Radio Corporation, Fort Wayne, 
"Television Studio Control Including Camera Dolly Considerations". 

The program also includes the following papers: 

"Absolute vs. Industrial Stande.rdiza.tion" by C. H. Craw¬ 
ford, General Electric Comoany; "Characteristics and Circuit Appli¬ 
cations of a New Low-Power Tetrode" by H. C. M. Longacre, Sylvan is 
Electric Products, Inc. ; "Design Consideration in an Automatic Gain 
Control and Limiting Amplifier" by William Jurek, Langevin Company; 
"Frequency Modulated Link" by E. Ostlund, Federal Telecommunica¬ 
tions Laboratories; "Design Considerations for Commercial Radar 
Equipment" by Coleman London, Westinghouse Electric Corp.; and 
"Navigational CcmDUters" by A. C. Omberg, of Bendix Aviation Corp. 

Dr. W. R. G. Baker, Director of the PMA Engineering Depart¬ 
ment, and Vice President of the General Electric Co., Schenectady, 
N.Y., will be toastmaster at the dinner on Tuesday evening, April 
29th. Fred R. Lack, RMA Director and Vice President of Western 
Electric Co., N.Y., will speak on "Thirty Years in transmitter 
Design" at the dinner. 



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War Assets Administration officials, in a conference with 
Radio Manufacturers’ Association representatives, gave assurances of 
early and large volume releases of electronic surpluses to manu¬ 
facturer-agents. Disclosing new administrative procedure designed 
to cut red tape, it was stated that early in February there should 
be substantial releases of surplus electronics, both comoonents 
and equipment to manufacturer-agents and that by March there should 
be large quantities increasingly available. 

Deputy Administrator Carey, Col. George H. Moriarity, 
now in charge of both WAA Aircraft and Electronics, and his succes¬ 
sor, H. C. Thomas, new chief of tne Electronics Division, partici¬ 
pated in the conference last week with Chairman M. F. Balcom of the 
RMA Surplus Disposal Committee, and Bond Geddes, RMA Executive Vice- 
pre sident. 

The procedure first to be instituted at the Philadelphia 
warehouses, provides for calling in manufacturer-agents to select 
surplus directly. Warehouse release, for shipments within ten days, 
also is being arranged under the new administrative arrangements to 
reduce records and paper work which have heretofore hampered 
electronic disposal. 

The warehouse selection program by agents will be adopted 
soon at Camp Holabird, Baltimore; Akron end Decatur, Ill., for the 
Chicago district agents. Agents will similarly be authorized to 
select surplus from the inventories of manufacturers whose WAA 
agency contracts have been cancelled. 

RMA representatives told WAA officials that the entire 
electronics disposal program had been bogged down for practically 
seven months and that a declining market for such surpluses was 
indicated for 1947, including reduced prices as well as a contract¬ 
ing market, with increased private manufacture of electronic compon¬ 
ents in prosoect in competition with war surpluses. Possibility of 
injury to the industry, with reduced employment, was among the RMA 
representations to WAA. It was emphasized that for months there has 
only been a ’’trickle " of electronics surpluses available to the 
manufacturer-agent s. 

WAA officials, however, stated that they were sure that 
the February volume of available surpluses would be substantial and 
that heavy receipts by manufacturer-agents would begin in March. 


Walter H. Annenberg, editor and publisher of the philadel - 
pnia Inquirer , has given $35,000 to Temple University for establish¬ 
ment of a new school of radio. 


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President Truman lest Saturday night attended the fourth 
annual dinner of the Radio Correspondents' Association at the Statler 
Hotel, and thanked the broadcasters for permitting him to "play 
hookey" from his official cares. 

Flanked by members of his Cabinet, the Supreme Court and 
military leaders, tne President took a night off from reading re¬ 
ports "stacked up to there" and enjoyed himself at the antics of 
Abbott and Costello, Tom Howard and his "It Pays to Be Ignorant" 
troupe, radio comedian Henry Morgan, and Paul Whieman's orchestra. 

In a room jam-packed with Congressmen, Howard quipped: 

"Why, tnat boy's I. Q,. was so low he was voted the most 
likely to become a Congressman." 

President Truman led the laughter that followed. 

Entertainment was furnished by the four major networks - 
American Broadcasting Company, Columbia Broadcasting System, Mutual 
Broadcasting System, and National Broadcasting Company. So many 
celebrities were present that there wasn't room for all of them at 
the head table, including such people as former Governor Harold E. 
Stassen, of Minnesota; Senator Harry F. Byrd (D) , of Virginia, and 
Carroll Reece, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

Among those at the head table with the President were 
Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Admiral 
William D. Leahy, members of the Supreme Court and Cabinet, and some 
of the Nation's top radio executives and broadcasters, including: 

Representative Lea (D) , of California, Ranking Minority 
Member, House Interstate Commerce Committee; Representative Wolver- 
ton ( r) , N.J., Chairman, House Interstate Commerce Committee; Mark 
Woods, President, American Broadcasting Company; Edgar Kobak, Presi¬ 
dent, Mutual Broadcasting System; Senator Wallace White (R), Maine, 
Senate Majority Leader; Niles Trammell, President, National Broad¬ 
casting Company, Charles R. Denny, Jr., Chairman, Federal Communi¬ 
cations Commission; Justin Miller, President, National Association 
of Broadcasters; Edward Noble, Chairman of the Board, Mutual Broad¬ 
casting System; Frank Stanton, President, Columbia Broadcasting 
System; Joseph Ream Vice-President, Columbia Broadcasting System; 
Leonard Reinsch, Radio advisor to President Truman; Charter Heslep, 
Washington representative of Mutual Broadcasting System and Chair¬ 
man of the Dinner Committee and Alfred McCosker, Chairman, Mutual 
Broadcasting System, and Paul Whiteman. 

Additional higher-ups from the radio industry attending 
tne dinner were : 

Earl E. Anderson, Vice-President, MBS; E. M. Antrim, MBS; 
Bill Bailey, Secretary, FM Association; Charles C. Barry, Program 
Department, MBS; Kenneth H. Berkeley, Manager, WMAL; Carl Burkland, 


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General Manager, WTOP; Phillips Carlin, Vice-President, MBS; Homer 
Capehart, Senator form Indiana; H. K. Carpenter, WHK, Cleveland; 
Martin Codel, Publisher, FM Magazine; R. C. Cosgrove, President, 
Radio Manufacturers' Association; George Crandall, Press Representa¬ 
tive, Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City; FCC Commissioner 
Clifford J. Durr; E. H. Gammons, Vice-President, CBS; Carl Gebuhr, 
WTOP; George Gillingham, Press Representative, Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission; Benedict Gimbel, Jr., WIP, Philadelohia; F. P. 
Guthrie, Assistant Vice-President, RCA Communications. 

Also, Robert H. Hinckley, Vice-President, MBS; Roy Hof- 
heinz, President, FM Association; FCC Commissioner Rosel Hyde; 

FCC Commissioner E. K. Jett; Merle S. Jones, General Manager WOL; 

H. V. Kaltenborn, Radio commentator; Sen. William F. Knowland, Cali¬ 
fornia; Fulton Lewis, Jr., Radio Commentator; Robert M. Menaugh, 

Supt. House Radio Gallery; Clarence Menser, Vice-President, NBC; 
Maurice Mitchell, WTOP; J. R. Poppele, WOR, New York; C. Nicholas 
Priaulx, Vice-President, MBS; Bryson Rash, WMAL; Sen. Clyde M. 

Reed and Fhank Russell, Vice-President, NBC, Washington. 

Also, Frank P. Schreiber, General Manager, WGN, Chicago; 
Oswald Schuette, RCA.; John Shepard, 3rd, Yankee Network; James 
Shouse, Pres., Crosley Broadcasting Co., Cincinnati; Carleton D. 
Smith, General Manager, NBC, Washington; Theodore Streibert, MBS; 
Robert Swezey, MBS; Senator Fobert A. Taft, Republican Senate 
Leader; Sol Taishoff, publisher, Broadcasting; Senator Charles W. 
Tobey; FCC Commissioner Roy C. Wakefield; FCC Commissioner Paul 
Walker; Lewis Allen Weiss, Vice-President, Don Lee Network, Holly¬ 
wood; Senator (Former) Burton K. Wheeler; Frank White, Vice-Presi¬ 
dent, CBS end A. D. Willard, Jr., General Manager, NAB. 



As had been expected, the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion failed to comply with the request of Roy Hofheinz, President 
of the newly formed Frequency Modulation (FM) Association that the 
Commission delete all references in its rules and forms to "stand¬ 
ard" broadcasting and substitute the term "AM". Judge Hofheinz, 
in his first important official move since becoming president, 
said that it was misleading to refer to "an inferior service as a 
standard service". 

The FCC communique read: 

"The Commission, under date of January 28, advises that, 
because of many administrative problems involved, it is unable at 
this time to comply with Mr. Hofheinz’s request for deletion from 
existing rules of all reference to '‘standard broadcast 1 station 
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WGBS, 10,000-watt Fort Industry Company station in Miami, 
Fla. , will join the Columbia network June 15th, the same day WWVA, 
Fort Industry’s 50,000-watter in Wheeling, W. Va., rejoins CBS. 

WGBS, which operates on 710 kilocycles, 10,000 watts un¬ 
limited time, will replace WQAM as the Columbia station in Miami. 
Stanton P. Kettler is General Manager of WGBS. 

Pending before the FCC is a WGBS application for a power 
increase to 50,000 watts daytime and 10,000 night, installation of 
all new equipment, and a. change of location to the Hialeah section, 

As announced last December, WWVA will replace WKWK, which 
operates with 250 watts, as the CBS station in Wheeling. WWVA be¬ 
came a CBS affiliate in 1931, switched to ABC in 1941, and had its 
original power of 5,000 watts increased to 50,000 in October, 1942, 
with a frequency of 1170 kc. 

WGBS and WWVA are now affiliated with ABC. It is report¬ 
ed that WAGA, Atlanta, another Fort Industry station, may likewise 
affiliate with CBS when the present contract of WGST, Atlanta, CES 
outlet, expires one year hence. 



Mark Woods, President of the American Eroadcasting Company, 
over the facilities of which the performances of the Metropolitan 
Opera are broadcast each Saturday afternoon during the season, has 
been elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan 
Opera Association. 

"I feel that my election to the Board of Directors of the 
Association", Mr. Woods said, "is a recognition of and a tribute to 
the vast unseen audience which, throughout the years, has been able 
to enjoy the best in operatic performances through the magic of 
radio. In my new relationship with the Opera, I shall strive at all 
times to consider myself a representative of this large group of 
opera and music lovers." 

The opera performances have been broadcast since December 
25, 1931, and since 1939, have been an exclusive feature of the 
American Broadcasting Company. 

Mr. Woods follows in the footsteos of David Sarnoff, 
President of the Radio Corporation of America, who has been on the 
Metropolitan Board for a number of years. 



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Once more raising his voice against the possibility of 
Government censorship, Byron Price, who served as wartime censor 
cautioned the radio, press and film people to be on guard. Mr. 

Price, now a top executive of the Motion Picture Association of 
America, speaking to the Harvard Clubs of Southern California, 
declared that both at home and internationally there aretoday many 
restraints, and threats of more restrains, upon all the great media 
of communication. "In our own land of liberty", he declared, 

"motion pictures are censored regularly in seven States, radio 
broadcasters are resisting Government control of programs, and as 
lately as the NRA days attempts have been made to" license newspapers". 

Pointing out that the laws against political subversion, 
libel, slander, blasphemy and pornography can be invoked against 
any radio station, newspaper or motion picture company which out¬ 
rages the moral standards of civilized society, Mr. Price said it is 
"a quite different and un-American approach" when governing bodies 
set up censor boards, requiring prior approval and issuing licenses. 

"These alien outcroppings could spring from only one cause", 
ne continued. "They arise from a fear by public officials and per- 
naps by a section of the people that publishers, broadcasters, and 
motion picture producers are incapable of conducting their affairs 
without damage to the public interest. The situation translates 
itself into a distrust of the leadership of private enterprise in 
tnese particular fields. That distrust lies controller of communica¬ 
tions equipment.... behind motion of oicture censorshio, behind the 
present restrictions on radio, behind the recurring attacks on the 
press. . . . Even a few bombastic individuals associated with the 
press are smugly unconcerned with the censorship troubles of screen 
and radio. ” 


The Polish Government denounced the British Broadcasting 
Corporation’s broadcasts as an incitement to murder in Poland. Gen. 
Wiktor Grosz, foreign office spokesman, said: 

"Our Government cannot but consider that the polish-langu¬ 
age broadcasts coming from London - their whole tone of hatred and 
provocation - have something to do with inciting people in this 
country to murder one another. 

"We consider that the autnors of these broadcasts share 
resoonsibility for part of the bloodshed in Poland. " 




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Believed to be one of the first cases of its kind, Judge 
Nathan Marigold in the Municipal Court of Washington, D. C. ruled 
that a taxicab passenger is entitled to a choice of his own radio 
program - or no program at all - but that the passenger is not 
justified in assaulting the taxicab driver. 

Judge Marigold made these decisions in a case in which Fred 
M. Armstead, 24, 5606 Rock Creek Church Road, N.W., and Walter Lee 
Taylor, 24, 1522 0 Street, N. W. , were accused of assaulting Ben 
Jacobs, 244 - 12th St., S.E. Armstead was fined $10, and Taylor 
was found not guilty. 

Jacobs, the cab driver, said he liked hill-billy music and 
when the men asked him to turn it off, he told them to get another 
cab. Then the fignting began. 

"It is true a. hacker must not run the radio for his own amuse¬ 
ment at the expense of the passengers”, the Judge ruled, ’’and he 
must not put the passengers off because they object to his taste in 
music, hillbilly or otherwise. But just because the passengers be¬ 
came annoyed with the music on the radio, they shouldn’t enforce 
their right to peace and quiet by beating up the driver.” 



Licenses to import United States radio receiving tubes 
into Great Britain have been procured from the British Board of 
Trade by 54 importers. The Federation of Anglo-American Importers, 
which obtained these licenses, estimates that the total quantity of 
tubes imported will amount to approximately 100,000 valued at about 

The Federation is negotiating with the Board of Trade for 
the importation into the United Kingdom of radio sets. United States 
firms, if interested, should inform the Commodities Branch, Office 
of International Trade, Department of Commerce, so that an effort 
may be made to have radios' placed on the British T’oken Import Plan 

The Federation also reports that there is a great short¬ 
age of cathode-ray tubes and better-quality television sets in Great 


Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Beane, members of the 
New York Stock Exchange, will sponsor the first commercial televi¬ 
sion program as part of the exchange’s campaign of public education, 
••Money at Work" is the title of the first showing to be made. The 
film will be released on February 15 over WCBS-TV at 8:50 P.M. EST. 

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Sales of broadcast transmitting equipment, including 
and television transmitters, rose sharply during the third quarter 
of 1 946, Radio Manufacturers 1 Association tabulations of reports 
by member-companies of the Transmitter Division disclosed last week. 
Other transmitting equipment sales also showed substantial increases 
in production over each of the first two quarters of the year. 

Total transmitter equipment sales for the third quarter 
almost equalled the combined sales for the first and second quarter 
of 1 946. Out of the $1,662,933 sales, $1,159,433 was for AM equip¬ 
ment, $233,600 for FM equipment, and $269,900 for television trans¬ 
mitters. Orders received aggregated $7,533,855 for the third quar¬ 
ter and $15,227,173 for the year through the third quarter. 

Studio equipment sales for the third quarter amounted to 
$514,217 for the third quarter, while antenna and miscellaneous 
equipment brought the total sales of ell transmitter equipment to 
$2,265, 565 for the third quarter and $3,627,627 far the three quar¬ 
ters. Exports of transmitting equipment added $624,512 for the 
quarter and $1,021,023 for the year. 

General communications equipment sales totalled $655,392 
for the third quarter and $1,483,410 for the year to date. Airborne 
communications equipment sales during the third quarter amounted to 
$708,266 to scheduled carriers and $512,731 to non-scheduled carr¬ 
iers. Ground equioment sales to scheduled carriers amounted to 

Government business accounted for a total of $33,645,531 
for the third quarter and $79,467,892 for the year for all classes 
of transmitting and associated equipment. 

First reports since the war on transmitting tube sales 
disclosed sales of $2,639,533 in power tubes and $700,554 in 
cathode ray tubes to make $6,518,717 in power tubes and $1,487,077 
for cathode ray tubes for the three quarters. Quartz crystal sales 
for the third quarter were $247,728. 


A former war plant in Belleville, N. J. has been sold to 
the Fada Radio and Electric Corporation for $868,353, it has been 
announced by Robert W. Allan, District Director of the War Assets 
Administration. Tne sale included a one-story building, $8,353 
wortn of machinery and a parking area. 



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Flat assertion that radio people are "fudging” in present¬ 
ing circulation figures was mode by George Mi Gallup, Opinion Re¬ 
search, Inc., in an interview with an E ditor & Publishe r representa¬ 
tive in San Francisco last week. 

"There is nothing in radio to compare with the ABC state¬ 
ment", Dr. Gallup said at Young & Rubicam advertising agency offices 
here. He is now on a coast trip. 

"Newspapers do a more thorough job in providing circula¬ 
tion figures, and give advertisers a much better opportunity to 
weigh coverage. 

"The potential radio coverage is not known. We want that 
average. The radio industry is in its infancy in research. Radio 
people are fudging. What we wish to know is the average opportunity 
to reach people on any one day." 

Newspapers give this information in the ABC records, Dr. 
Gallup said. Radio measurement gives, instead of the average daily 
circulation provided by ABC, the total number of different persons 
who were reached during a wekk, he explained. 

"There is still no adequate national radio service. After 
17 years, we do not know what the whole industry has. There are no 
basic facts", Dr. Gallup said. "How many listened last night? How 
many listened last month? 

He described Hooper Ratings and the Nielsen system as the 
"most used radio survey systems, but neither covers the entire 
country. " 



The Senate Campaign Investigating Committee has reported 
to the Senate that it found no evidence linking Leif Erickson of 
Montana to the publication of a book called "The Plot Against 

Mr. Erickson defeated former Senator Burton K. Wheeler in 
last year's Democratic Senatorial primary in Montana, and subse¬ 
quently was defeated himself for the Senate seat by Senator Ecton, 
Republican, of Montana. An investigation of the publication of the 
book was requested by Mr. Wheeler last June. 

In its reoort the Committee condemned the book as "one of 
the vilest, most contemptible, and obscene pieces of so-called lit¬ 
erature ever to be oublished concerning a man in public office in 
the United States. The Committee said the book was oublished by 
J. E. Kennedy of Missoula, Mont., operating as John E. Kennedy, pub¬ 
lishers, Missoula, and that it w?g written by D^vid George Plotkin 
of New York, under the pen name of David George Kin. 


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Oslo reports that the new Norwegian short-wave transmitter 
now under construction near Frederikstad may begin operations by 
June of 1947. The new station will have a power of 100,000 watts, 
approximately the same strength as the most powerful British trans¬ 
mitter, and is expected to be heard at any point on the globe. 

Expressly noted is the fact that the new Fredrikstad 
transmitter will carry to Antarctica where the Norwegian whaling 
fleet will be operating and will reach Norwegian ships the world 
over. Plans for installing loud-speakers in the mess rooms aboard 
Norwegian vessels are now under consideration, and programs of 
special interest to Norwegian merchant seamen are being planned. 

The new transmitter will reoresent a total cost of 
1,400,000 Norwegian crowns. 



An echo of the wartime experiences of Gen. Dwight D. 
Eisenhower was heard last week in the Paris courts, where several 
European publishing houses fought for the rights to edit Capt. 

Harry C. Butcher's book, "Three Years With Eisenhower". 

A French publishing firm, according to a radiogram to 
the New York Times, had practically completed printing of the book 
when police seized the entire edition. They acted on the complaint 
of a Swiss publisher who claimed to hold all the European rights. 

The French firm filed suit to get its material released, and when 
the case came up for trial representatives of several other publish¬ 
ing houses appeared to assert their claims to the rights of publica¬ 

Captain Butcher's book, which treats in detail the facts 
relating to the death of Admiral Jean F. Dsrlan, Vichy France's 
Premier, and to the conflict between Gen. Charles de Gaulle and Gen, 
Henri Giraud, is considered to have a high market value in France. 

The court's judgment will be rendered this week probably. 


The Government of Costa Rica is buying 3,500 radios of 
United States manufacture to be issued to each of the country's 
school teachers. The cost of the radios will be deducted from their 
salaries at the rate of approximately $2 a month. The teachers 
have received a pay increase but some still get less than §25 a 


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Television - Pro An d Co n 
(Larry Wolters in "Chicago Tribune") 

Dr. Lee De Forest, who 40 years ego this month invented 
the audion tube upon which the radio industry and electronics large¬ 
ly have been built, said the other day; "This year - 1947 - is cer¬ 
tain to convince every skeptic, every scoffer, that television has 
arrived from around that fabled corner." If it does that 1947 will 
be a memorable year. 

Apparently one-half of the companies interested in tele¬ 
vision a year ego have withdrawn their requests for licenses. 

The controversy over whether color television is ready 
for commercial licensing (still pending before the Federal Communi¬ 
cations Commission) caused numerous companies to hold off on setting 
up stations until this problem is settled. Others may have backed 
out when they learned how much it will cost to launch a television 
station and to continue to operate it, with little promise of any 
immediate returns from advertising. 

Currently television is relying chiefly on sports and 
special events. That’s been the bread and butter of television fare 
to date. It’s a solid, but monotonous diet. 

Ultimately, the studio show, with drama, music and variety 
will have to become the backbone of television programming. But how 
to get suitable plays for television? The major motion picture com¬ 
panies won't release their products to television. For one thing 
James C. Petrillo won't permit their music to be used on television. 
Up to now he hasn't been willing to talk about a contract for tele¬ 
vision at all. 

NBC has made a deal with the Dramatists' guild, the pro¬ 
fessional play writers' organization, to produce for television 
plays not yet oroduced on Broadway. . . . 

CBS is grappling with the play shortage in another way. 

It's doing business with authors willing to out the bare points of 
a play in skeleton form on a shett of oaper. . . . 

ABC has specialized in transposing some of its radio shows 
into television. . . . 

Thus, some progress is being made to solve the lesser prob¬ 
lems confronting television. The highest hurdles, however, lie 
ahead. The biggest question - the billion dollar question - is: 

"Who will pay the bill? 

The problems are great, but so is the promise. Charles R. 
Denny, Chairman of the FCC, asserted recently: "The American people 
want television end they need television. . . .Its educational pot¬ 
ential is unlimited. It will be the most powerful communication 
tool of them all. " 

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McKellar D oesn't Budge D e nny; Rayburn H its At porter 

(Drew Pearson, Bell Syndicate, Inc.J” 

Though the FCC is sometimes accused of bending before 
politics, its recent brush with Tennessee solons would make it 
apoear otherwise. Pugnacious Senator McKellar wrote one of the 
hottest letters of his hot career to FCC Chairman Denny, demanding 
a Nashville wave length for his friends. "You have made a great 
mistake", fumed McKellar. "Is it to late to mend? Of course, you 
know all about Tennessee and we know nothing. Frankly, I resent 
very much your action in the matter. " Senator Stewart also raised 
Cain, but the FCC stood pat. 

We The Sponsors Of Self-Praising Filibustering Senators 

( "Terre Haute Star") 

Senator Claude Pepper wants to out the Senate on the radio. 
His idea is to offer the Capitol Hill variety show to the networks, 
on the grounds that it would, improve debate. Some of his colleagues 
don't agree. 

Senator Charles Tobey (R. , N.H.), the cautious New England 
type, says, "There are some things that I'd hate to have the public 
listen to. " 

Senator Theodore F. Green (D. , R. I.), also apparently a 
little suspicious of innovations, says, "The Senate would never do 
any work." 

Well, that’s the question - would debate of national is¬ 
sues on a national hookup bring out the statesman or the ham in 
tnese distinguisned gentlemen? The only way to tell is to try. But 
if the Senate does get a few weeks with options, it seems to us the 
tning should be done properly. 

First, there's SDonsorship. We don't think the networks 
should have to pay for a sustaining program on the grounds that it's 
a public service. For they might run into one of those days when 
the Senators devote most of the session praising their home States 
or some other Senator or mother's cooking. And where's the public 
service in that? 

So let's have a sponsor. And who shall it be? Who else 
but the Senators' electors? Tax-paying voters pay the Senate's 
salaries. So why not let them pay for the broadcasts, too - provid¬ 
ed that we, the sponsors, have something to say about how the pro¬ 
gram is to be run. 

There will have to be a time limit on the broadcast and a 
time limit for each speaker. Since every healthy, normal Senator 
would be glad to hold the watch on other Senators, so he could get 
a chance at the microphone himself, this should offer no problem. 
(Maybe this is even that long-sought cure for the filibuster.) 


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The twelfth annual report of the Federal Communications 
Commission will be released for oublication next Sunday, February 

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Senator Capehart (R), of Indiana, and Senator Glen 
Taylor (D), of Idaho, former radio commentator, are members of the 

new Small Business Committee. 


When President Truman views the Spring maneuvers of the 
Atlantic Fleet in the Caribbean aboard a battleship, he will be in 
constant communication with Washington through radiotelephone, radio 
printers of Naval Communications and straight wireless as when he 
participated in task force operations off the Virginia capes last 


Sparks-Withington Company and Subsidiaries - Six months 
to December 31: Net profit, $376,409, equal to 40 cents a share, 
compared witn $56,221, or 5 cents a share for 1945 period when 
$559,964 carry-back tax credit was included in the result. 


If the Supreme Court determines that it will hear the 
Lea Act-Petrillo appeal directly, rather than requiring the Govern¬ 
ment first to go to the Circuit Court of Appeals, it appears unlike¬ 
ly that any decision on the constitutionality of the Lea Act will 
be announced until Aoril or May. 


The RCA Victor story that it will enter new markets with 
the introduction of a gold electro-plated and pocket size personal 
radio hit a publicity jackpot by being picked up by the Associated 
Press and carried to all parts of the country. 

This receiver, the Solitaire, is only 6-3/8 x 4-5/8 inches 
in size. The set has a built-in loop antenna, and can be played 
without opening a door or lifting an antenna panel; has instantan¬ 
eous program reception at the flick of a switch; simolified battery 
reolacement, as easy as changing batteries in a flashlight; a fine- 
quality eliptical sneaker for tonal reproduction, said a company 


At the end of 1946, radio licenses in Finland numbered 
545,366, an increase of 13,000 over those in 1945, according to the 
Finnish press, 


The appointment of Mrs. Florence S. 3. Davis as an Assist¬ 
ant Vice President of the International Telephone and Telegraph 
Corporation was announced last week. Mrs. Davis, who has been as¬ 
sociated with I. T. & T. for more than twenty years, has been a mem¬ 
ber of the corporation's legal department for fourteen years, more 
recently in the capacity of foreign law consultant. She is a member 

of the New York State Bar. 

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Among the Vice-Chairmen of the Department of Commerce 
Business Advisory Council, elected for 1947, of which Henry Ford, 2nd 
is a new member, and at a meeting presided over by Secretary Harri- 
raan, was James S. Knowlson, Chairman of Stewart Warner, Chicago, 

and former President of the Radio Manufacturers' Association. 


cars in 

The New York Police Department now has 799 radio equipped 


The Fort Industry Company has applied for a permit for 
Cnannel No. 2 in Detroit. This is the second for Fort Industry, the 

otner being granted for Station WSPD in Toledo, Ohio. 


Because of difficulties in shipping, and the need for 
additional time for preparation of exhibits, its sponsors have an¬ 
nounced that the First Radio-Electronic Exposition, heretofore 
as having been scheduled for December 1946-January 1947, will not 
open until July 15, 1947. Present plans call for the exhibition to 
last three weeks. 


A 15-pound electronic device has been developed by General 
Electric Company engineers to snatch valuable scientific and oper¬ 
ating information from speeding rockets before they crash to 
destruction. Enclosed in the instrument section of aV-2 rocket 
launched from the Army Ordnance Proving Ground, White Sands, N. Mex. , 
in recent tests, the telemetering equipment transmitted 28 items of 

information to the ground each l/35th of a second. 





United States has 80$ of all the 


radio stations 


The introduction of a new RCA 16 mm film projector, 
specially designed for ooeration with a television camera and facil¬ 
itating the use of newsreels, a wide variety of short film subjects, 
and film commercials for low-cost television programming, was an¬ 
nounced by W. W. Watts, Vice-President in charge of the RCA Engineer¬ 
ing Products Department. 

The new television film projector, RCA Type 16A-TP, is 
an adaptation of an outstandingly successful RCA. 16 mm sound motion 
picture projector. It has been modified to project motion pictures 
onto the mosaic of a pickup tube in a television camera where the 
varying light values of the moving pictures are translated into 
video signals for transmission. 


Ted Koop, former Assistant Director of Censorshio during 
the war, in his recent book "Weapon of Silence", noted the beginning 
of a peacetime military censorship on atomic information and the 
willingness of supposedly free writers and editors seeking clearance 
in Washington for their articles. "Secrecy begets secrecy, just as 
censorship feeds upon itself. A nation that will control science is 
in a mood to control its press and radio", Koop warned. 




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Edison Very Nearly Invented Radio, David Sarnoff Reveals.1 

McCosker Named To Board Of American Heart Association.2 

Chains, Stations, Net 1946 Time Seles Up 7% Over 1945 
Philao Closes Chicago Plant As Unprofitable...,. 

Editor Brewer Finds 5 2% Men, 56% Women Read Radio Programs. 

M-G-M To Invade Record Field March 1; Zenith Sales Set-up.. 

Sees 500,000 TV Sets In Hands Of Public By *48...** ... 

Zenith Asks Court To Sustain Right To Refuse RCA License. 

RCA Communications Elevates Gen* Thomas; Takes On Denning. 

Freeze Deadline Brings Applications FoP 1099 AM Stations. 

New BBC Chairman Is Overseas Trade Advisor. 

FCC’s Face Seems Red In Having m 0 Make Color Decision.8 

Detrola Quarterly Sales $17,582,892; January $6,549,962.........10 

School Research On Radio Gains 4 , Newspapers Still Dominate. ...... 10 

Fulton Lewis Scrimmage With Elliot Causes Capital Buzzing.11 

Mill Begins To Grind Feb. 14 Expediting AM Applications.11 

Royal British South African Party First To Carry TV Man.12 

Scissors And Paste ..... 13 

Trade Notes... 15 

No. 1762 

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February 12, 1947 


Addressing the Technical and Scientific Societies in 
Cincinnati last night, Tuesday, February 11th, on the one hundred- 
eth anniversary of the birth of Thomas A. Edison, at Milan, Ohio, 
Brig, Gen. David Sarnoff, President of the Radio Corooration of 
America, said: 

"So close was Edison to the invention of wireless, that 
in 1885 he took out a patent on 'telegraphy without wires’. He 
called his system ’grasshopper telegraph’, but he said he was 1 too 
busy with other things' to devote more time to complete the inven¬ 
tion of wireless. It remained for a young man in Italy to do that. 
When Marconi received the first transatlantic signal in 1901, 

Edison remarked that he would like to meet 'the young man who had 
the monumental audacity to attempt and succeed in Jumping an electr¬ 
ic wave across the Atlantic.’" 

General Sarnoff then told his listeners of the part Ohio 
played in the development of radio. 

"Ohio was the first State from which a Republican Na¬ 
tional Convention was broadcast", he recalled. "That was in 1924 
when Calvin Coolidge was nominated at Cleveland. The wonder of 
that day was that twelve States, as far west as Kansas City, were 
linked into a network] President Warren G. Harding, the first Chief 
Executive to broadcast while in office, was born in Ohio. So we 
see that the history of radio, in its service to the Nation and 
its people, is not only linked with this State through science, but 
also through its social and political life. All these have had an 
Important influence on the growth of America." 

Mr. Sarnoff said the Edison Centennial was an inspiration 
to look ahead and to survey the great forces of science which man¬ 
kind now commands as a result of the pioneering of Edison. Some 
highlights of the Sarnoff address follow: 

"Radio and radar have oroved that space is not empty and 
we know now that it is accessible to man. He may even learn how to 
use the moon and the planets as radio sounding boards and reflect¬ 
ors, to bounce or relay broadcasts and to mirror television pictures. 
The moon is only 240,000 miles, or radiowise less than 2 seconds 
away. It looks like a good radio concession.' We may find future 
broadcasters staking claims for Saturn, for Jupiter, or for Mars 
and Venus as well." 

"The radar 'peep’ that echoed from the moon was more than 
a faint signal of hope to radio scientists and astronomers. To 
them it was as important as the first feeble transatlantic signal 
to Marconi's ears when he plucked the letter 'S’ from the ocean air. 
That flash of three dots in the Morse code told him that world-wide 

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radio communication was possible. Similarly, the radar signal 
from the moon proved that man might some day reach out to touch the 
planets; it revived speculation on interplanetary communication and 
inspired great hope for interstellar scientific exploration. With 
electronic computers, sensitive, photo-electric cells and infra¬ 
red eyes that see in the dark^ the mystery story of the upper alti¬ 
tudes will become available for man to read." 

"The air, of course, has been ever present, but man did 
not learn how to use it until the turn of the century when radio 
and aviation were born. As a result of the vision of Marconi and 
the Wrights, and others who followed them, the air has become a 
common medium that brings nations together. By radio, Moscow and 
Chungking are as near to Washington as Cincinnati and New York. By 
airplane the great cities of the world are only hours apart. 11 

"Already we are on the threshold of individual radio com¬ 
munication. A motorist on the streets of New York may talk with a 
friend in Bombay, or with a relative on a ship somewhere on the 
Seven Seas. The day is coming when radio will speak man to man, and 
television will place them face to face in New York, London, or 
Shanghai. All this is the essence of one world." 



Alfred J. McCosker, Chairman of the Board of both WOR and 
the Mutual Broadcasting System, in recognition of his effort to cope 
with the disease which leads all others in fatalities, has been 
named to the National Advisory Committee of the American Heart 
Association. Appointments to the 23-man Committee were made under 
a plan allowing for the admission of non-physicians on the execut¬ 
ive bodies of the American Heart Association. Previously, member¬ 
ship in the AHA was limited to leading specialists in the field, 

Mr. McCosker, co-founder of the McCosker-Hershfield 
Cardiac Home for Indigents at Hilburn, N. Y. joined Dr. Thomas 
Parran, Surgeon General of the U. S. Health Service, and Dr. Howard 
F. West, President of the American Heart Association in an MBS 
broadcast from Chicago formally opening National Heart Week in a 
country-wide fund raising and educational campaign. 

Four hundred thousand Americans will die this year of 
heart disease, Dr. Parran said, while cancer will claim only half 
as many lives and tuberculosis only one-seventh of this total. 


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On the basis of preliminary financial reports, net time 
sales (after deducting commissions) of standard broadcast networks 
and stations during 1946 increased by seven percent over 1945, the 
Federal Communications Commission revealed last Monday ( Fsbruary 
10th). Included in this comparison are the four nation-wide net¬ 
works and their 10 key stations, three regional networks, and 751 
individual stations* In 1945, these 751 stations accounted for 
97.7 percent of the net time sales of all stations. 

Net time sales reported by the four national networks and 
their 10 key stations (i.e., amount retained after payments to 
affiliated stations) was $70,008,962, or an increase of two percent 
ever the amount reported for 1945, Reports from three out of the 
five regional networks indicate a 10 percent decrease in net time 
sales from 1945. 

Preliminary financial reports submitted by the 751 sta¬ 
tions show an increase of 9.2 percent over the amount of net time 
sales reported by the same stations in 1945. This increase was the 
result of a 4.9 percent increase in the sale of station time to 
networks, an 8.1 percent increase in the sale of station time to 
non-network advertisers and a 9.2 percent decrease in the amount 
of commissions paid to agencies, etc. With respect to total broad¬ 
cast revenues(i.e., net time sales plus incidental broadcast 
revenues, such as sale of talent, etc.), an increase of 8.9 percent 
was indicated over 1945 for the same stations. 

For the 620 stations serving as outlets for nationwide 
networks, an increase of 8.1 percent in net time sales was reported, 
while for the 151 stations not serving as such outlets an increase 
of 18 percent was reported in net time sales. 

Stations of the various classes reported increases in net 
time sales during 1946 as follows: Forty-one clear channel 50 
kilowatt unlimited time stations, an increase of 5.5 percent; 22 
clear channel 5-20 kilowatt, unlimited time stations, 5.9 percent; 

251 regional unlimited time stations, 7.7 percent; 49 regional part- 
time stations, 9.7 percent; 571 local unlimited time stations, 

19.4 percent; 15 local day and part-time stations, 27 percent. 



Philco Corporation’s Chicago plant has been closed down 
indefinitely because of inability to operate profitably, it was 
revealed last Saturday. The plant, which had 252 emoloyees, has been 
manufacturing phonograph record changers since the end of the war. 

Unofficially, it was stated that excessive union demands 
had prompted the decision to close down the Chicago olant. 


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Deciding to check the ’’Continuing Study of Newspaper 
Reading", which the Advertising Research Foundation conducted in 
co-operation with the American Newspaper Publishers’ Association, 
by making a survey of his own newspaper, the New Bedford , Mass. 
Standard-Tim es, Basil Brewer, New England publisher and broadcaster, 
found that 52$ of the men read the Standard-Times radio programs, 
and news, and 56$ of the women. This exceeded the Foundation study 
which revealed 40$ for men and 51$ for women. 

In fact Mr. Brewer, who also operates Stations WNBH and 
WFMR, recently dedicated by Speaker Joe Martin in New Bedford, Mass, 
and W0C3 in West Yarmouth, discovered that the Standard-Time s 
exceeded the "median" of all studies to date in 23 of the 26 cate¬ 
gories, advertising and editorial, men and women, and tied with 
the "median" in one of the remaining three departments. 

Here are the scores of the N ew Bedford Standard Times 
comoared with the "medians" (averages}* of the Advertising Foundation 
ANPA studies to date: 


(Percentage of Men 

Time s 

Median of 

Interviewed Who Read Any) 


104 Studies 

Editorials . 



Editorial Page. 



Comics . 



Financial News . 



Radio Programs or News . . . . 



Society News or Pictures 



Sports News or Pictures 



(Percentage of Women 

Interviewed Who Read Any) 

Editorials . 



Editorial Page . 



Comics . 



Financial News . 



Radio Programs or News . . . . 



Society News or Pictures . . . 

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Sports News or Pictures. . . . 



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re cord in com- 

parison with the ARF-ANPA studies. 

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Another listing of lobbyists appears in the 

Congre ssional 

Record of February 5. Beginning on 

Page 863, the listing covers 13 

pages. As yet no representative of 

a radio 

or communications com- 

pany has been discovered among the names. 

A previous 

list was 

printed in the 

Record of January 3rd. 
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Much discussion has been occasioned by the announcement 
that Metro-Goldwyr*Mayer pictures and distributors of the zenith 
Radio Corporation will enter the phonograph record manufacturing 
business in completion with RCA-Victor, Columbia, Decca and others 
long established and now dominating the field. 

A well-organized distribution setup has proved the stumbl¬ 
ing block to most other recent entrants in this highly-competitive 
business. M-G-M has solved this problem by contracting to use 25 of 
Zenith Radio Conooration's 76 distributors to handle nationwide 

M-G-M's first album, recordings made from the sound 
track of the movie "Till the Clouds Roll By", it was said, will 
demonstrate the advantage the motion picture company will have over 
other record makers. 

Seven of the singers featured in the film, built around 
the life and music of composer Jerome Kern, will appear in the 
M-G-M album, although several of them have been recording for other 
record companies. 

It was said there appears to be nothing to stop MGM from 
using the sound tracks of its movies for records, although the play¬ 
ers are under other recording contracts. 

MGM through its strong movie position has been able to 
put its own long roster of film stars under contract to make records 
and has signed leading symphony orchestras and prominent artists 
of stage, screen and radio. It will produce both popular and clas¬ 
sical music recordings. 

J. H. Hickey, General Manager of Zenith Radio Distributing, 
said 40,000,000 records will be made this year. The Zenith distribu¬ 
tors who will handle MGM records are all privately owned except for 
companies in New York, Chicago and Newark, which are Zenith owned. 



"Television stations will be springing up in the various 
communities of the United States at the rate of nearly two a month 
during 1947 and 1948", J. David Cathcart, Advertising Manager of 
RCA Victor Home Instrument Department, told the Philadelphia Kiwenis 

"Most of these new stations will be introducing television 
t© their communities for the first time", he said. "Currently, St. 
Louis and Detroit are inaugurating television. Some 40 construction 
permits have been granted by the FCC for television stations in addi¬ 
tion to nearly a dozen now on the air. Television receiver produc- 

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tion lines are rolling rapidly and steadily in an effort to fill 
the growing demand stimulated by the expanding industry. By 1948, 
a half million of these receivers may well be in the hands of the 
public. n 



A second declaratory judgment suit was filed by the Zenith 
Radio Corporation of Chicago against the Radio Corporation of 
America in the Federal Court at Wilmington, Delaware, on February 
4, 1947. This suit states that in the original complaint filed in 
the same court, Zenith repudiated as of December 13, 1946 the 
license formerly granted by RCA. 

On January 10, 1947, Zenith submitted a reoort and paid 
royalties accrued through December 13, 1946 but on January 30, 

1^47, according to Court records, RCA notified Zenith in writing it 
denied that Zenith had the right to repudiate. RCA returned the 
payment that had been made and demanded royalties for the entire 
month of December. 

Zenith asked the Federal Court of Delaware to sustain 
its right to repudiate its license. 



Former Brigadier General Samuel M. Thomas has been appoint¬ 
ed Assistant Chief Engineer of RCA Communications, Inc. At the same 
time James E. Denning was named Director of Industrial Relations. 

General Thomas joined the organization in March, 1946, 
and has been responsible for much of the engineering and planning 
phases of the Company’s current modernization program which includes 
conversion of its world-wide radiotelegraph system from Morse to 
semi-automatic tape relay and telegraph printing operations. 

One of the relatively few reserve officers to reach the 
rank of Brigadier General during the war, Mr. Thomas commenced his 
military career in 1926 as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve 
Corps. As Chief of Staff to the Commanding General of the Persian 
Gulf Command, General Thomas developed a communications system which 
supported the movement of military and lend-lease supplies to Russia 
through the Persian Corridor. 4s Director of the Communications 
Division of the U. S. Army in Berlin, he was largely responsible 
for the initial post-war restoration of German communications. 

Mr. Denning was formerly Secretary and General Counsel of 
Press Wireless, Inc., and Press Wireless Manufacturing Corporation, 
as well as Secretary of the News Traffic Board, Ltd. 


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Here is the latest checkup on what the FCC faces now that 
the lid has been clamped down on new standard broadcast station 
applications until May 1 by the temporary expediting plan: 

Applications for New Standard 

Broadcast Licenses (AM) . 1,099 

Construction permits .... . 461 

Pending applications . 871 

A summary of the boom in the FM classification follows: 

Initial FM authorizations. 657 

Pending FM applications. 255 

FM Stations on air. 150 

Television with 6 licensed stations, 52 construction 
permits and 13 applications demands its share of attention. 

A further reminder of what the Federal Communications 
Commission is up against at present is the fact that the number 
of all kinds of broadcast stations now is more than 1,200, construc¬ 
tion permits approach 1,200, and applications nearly 1,000. 

Outside the broadcast category there are nearly 31,400 
police, marine, aviation, etc. stations; 70,000 amateur stations, 

35 amateurs and 325,000 commercial radio operators. In fact, the 
total of licensees applying to the FCC in 1947 reaches the amazing 
number of 530,000. 



Lord Inman, recently appointed by the British prime Min¬ 
ister, Mr. Atlee, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the British 
Broadcasting Corporation, is principal adviser to the Secretary for 
Overseas Trade in the establishment of the organization for the 
development of the catering, holiday and tourist services. Lord 
Inman, in addition to holding a number of directorships, is Chair¬ 
man of the Charing Cross Hospital and the Central Board of Finance 
of the Church Assembly. He is 54 years old and received a barony 
in the New Year honors. 

Dowager Lady Reading was likewise recently appointed 
Vice-Chairman of the BBC Governors Board. 





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There was no lack of color in what was hoped would be 
the final hearings of the Federal Communications Commission on 
whether or not the Commission should fix the commercial standards 
of color television at this time. Black and white picture propon¬ 
ents were so aggressive it was wondered if there might not be some 
black eyes. There were those who even imagined they saw color in 
the faces of the FCC Commissioners trying to reach a decision in 
one of the most controversial questions the Commission has ever 
been called upon to solve. 

Neither the results thus far achieved by CBS, nor the 
system by which they have been developed, justify favorable action 
by the Commission, on the CBS petition, according to three Commit¬ 
tee reports prepared by the Engineering Department of the Radio 
Manufacturers’ Association, and presented with the endorsement of 
twelve major manufacturing companies. 

On the basis of the findings of these committees, as 
reported by W. R. G. Baker of the Radio Manufacturers’ Association, 
Monday, dismissal of the CBS petition was recommended on the ground 
that color service when introduced should be of as high a standard 
as the existing black and white service, which at present it is not; 
that adoption now of the CBS system would retard development of 
other and more promising systems, with which also existing systems 
can more readily be integrated; and further, that FCC standards, 
when adopted, should include provisions for adequate performance 
and the basis for improvements in performance as the system matures. 

Allen B. DuMont, President of DuMont Laboratories, who 
also appeared in support of the RMA Committee’s recommendations, 
testified that "we are certain that no system of color television, 
either mechanical or electronic, has yet reached the degree of per¬ 
fection which justifies the adoption of commercial color standards." 

Pointing out that the ultra-high frequency color television 
service being proposed by the Columbia Broadcasting System is en¬ 
tirely compatible with the present black and white service in the 
lo wer frequencies, by the simple method of using combination receiv¬ 
ers, Dr. Peter C. Goldmark, inventor of the CBS color video system, 
Tuesday revealed that CBS currently is working on a combination tuner 
which covers the entire television band, low frequency as well as 
high frequency, and which requires only one extra tube more than 
CBS’ standard color receiver. 

Dr. Goldmark was testifying before the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission in its hearing on Columbia's petition to commercial¬ 
ize color television. He was the second CBS witness Tuesday. Earl¬ 
ier, Dr. Selig Hecht, world-famous Columbia Universith biophysicist, 
had praised the CBS color television system for producing color 
pictures "adequate in brightness, color, resolution, contrast and 
freedom from intrusive flicker". Dr. Hecht also had criticized 


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the discussion Monday by Paul Raibourne, Paramount Pictures Vice- 
president, of how rods and cones in the human eye function, as the 
"highest irrelevance" which had "nothing to do with television". 

Dr. Goldmark suggested that compatability between the pro¬ 
posed CBS color service and black and white service be handled "on 
the same basis as FM and AM". 

In radio, he pointed out, "the solution was not converters 
...but rather combination receivers which have an FM and an AM band 
...the CBS dual band television receiver is the television counter¬ 
part of a combination AM-FM receiver." 

On the subject of the cost of color receivers, the CBS 
engineer said that it was not surprising that the relative prices 
submitted by ten manufacturers to the Radio Manufacturers’ Associa¬ 
tion were comparatively high. He pointed out that of the ten, 
only one, 3endix, which submitted the lowest estimate, had access 
to all CBS developments, plans and diagrams, and that happens to be 
the "only company out of the ten who actually wishes to make color 

He added that the General Electric price was based on a 
47-tube set built according to CBS specifications the company had 
received over a year ago. Columbia' s latest 10-inch receiver, 
wnich was demonstrated in New York before the FCC two weeks ago and 
which Bendix proposes to manufacture, has only 30 tubes, and Colum¬ 
bia also has demonstrated a table model receiver, smallest televi¬ 
sion receiver in existence, which uses only 25 tubes. 

Concluding, Dr. Goldmark emphasized these points: 

1. Color television under the proposed sequential standards 
already is performing better than did black and white when it was 
commercialize d. 

2. All of the equipment necessary for a highly satisfactory 
commercial color television system has been develooed and tested. 

3. The standards proposed by CBS impose no practical techni¬ 
cal limitations on future developments. 

4. Color television requires the same period of commercial 
development that black and white has enjoyed to realize its full 
capabilities, and this can only happen after commercial operation of 
color television stations has been authorized by the FCC. 


New business signed by WJZ during January ran about 32$ 
ahead of bookings for December 1946, according to Murray B. Grab- 
horn, Manager of the key New York station for the American Broad¬ 
casting Company. 



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DETROLA QUARTERLY SALES $17,582,892; JANUARY $6,549,962 

Sales of International Detrola Corporation and subsid¬ 
iaries during January totaled $6,549,962.72 and aggregated $17,582,- 
892.72 for the Company's first quarter ended January 31, President 
C. Russell Feldmann announced Monday, February 10th. 

These figures compare with $2,209,185.83 for the month 
and $6,408,252.93 for the quarter a year ago. The recent figures 
include operations of the Newport Rolling Mill division and the 
Hardy-Burlinghem Mining Company, acquired last August. 

The figures also compare with sales of $40,810,028.22 
for the entire fiscal year ended October 31, 1946. 

A report to the stockholders, put out by Detrola, dated 
January 24, 1947, carried the following paragraph: 

"In August, 1946, philco Corporation offered to sell a 
stock interest in National Union Radio Corporation to Mr, Feldmann. 
Mr, Feldmann thereupon advised the Board of Directors of the offer 
and volunteered to let the Corporation take advantage of the offer 
if deemed advisable by the Board of Directors. The Board of Dir¬ 
ectors, however, after careful consideration of the matter, decided 
not to purchase a stock interest in National Union Radio Corpora¬ 
tion. Thereafter, Henney Motor Company, Inc., a corporation con¬ 
trolled by Mr. Feldmann, purchased "the stock of National Union Radio 
Corporation from philco Corporation. At the Annual Meeting, stock¬ 
holders are asked to ratify the action of the Board of Directors in 
this regard. " 



An "amazing increase" in the number of projects related to 
radio is noted as a postwar trend in journalism research, according 
to a compilation made for the American Association of Schools and 
Departments of Journalism and tie National Council on Research in 

The report listed 18 special studies in radio by members 
of journalism department staffs. A year ago, the most popular re¬ 
search topic was readership. There are 12 items in this category in 
the present report, evenly divided between readability and reader- 

A statement made in connection with the report remarks 
that "increasing interest in radio on the part of AASDJ teachers 
has not, however, given the Fifth Estate dominance over a tradi¬ 
tionally popular newspaper research topic - history. The report 
lists 25 items related to historical aspects of the press and five 
dealing with biographies of journalists." 

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Nowhere probably was the news of the mixup between 
Fulton Lewis, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Roosevelt end a representa¬ 
tive of Elliot's publisher, Dick Harrity, in the MBS studios in 
New York, received with livelier interest than in Washington. The 
incident followed Mr. Roosevelt's appearance on a broadcast last 
Friday night, February 7th,"Meet the Press", and a United Press 
report described it thus: 

"After the broadcast", Mr. Lewis said, "Roosevelt drew 
nim aside and asked him about one of Lewis' broadcasts concerning 
financial dealings of the Texas State Network with which young 
Roosevelt formerly was connected. An argument ensued and the pretty, 
blonde Mrs. Roosevelt stepoed into the conversation to back up her 

"Why, you don’t know anything about this; you weren't even 
there", Lewis said he told Mrs. Roosevelt. 

Lewis said Roosevelt asked him if he was calling his wife 
a liar and the radio commentator replied that if Mrs. Roosevelt said 
she was in Texas at that time, then "I must say she is a liar. " 

Lewis said that young Roosevelt then cursed him, and Har¬ 
rity, who is connected with Duell, Sloane & Pierce, publishers of 
Elliot's book, ".As He Saw It", swung the blow to Lewis’ chin. The 
men were parted immediately. 

Later, Lewis said, he apologized as did Roosevelt and 
Harrity and they shook hands. 

The brief flurry came after a heated half-hour exchange 
between Roosevelt and his questioners on the program - Lewis, Henry 
J. Taylor of the Scripps-Howard newspapers, Warren Moscow of the 
New York Times and Bert Andrews of the New York Herald Tribune. 

During the broadcast, Roosevelt branded as "a complete 
misstatement of fact" Newsweek Magazine's report of remarks he made 
at a dinner in Moscow at which Newsweek said he called the United 
States "an aggressor nation". 



The following partial schedule of informal engineering 
conferences in connection with the temporary expediting procedure 
of Standard Broadcast applications, is announced by the Federal 
Communications Commission: 


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Frida.y, February 14, 10 A. M. 

940 kc 
970 kc 
1370 kc 
1510 kc 
1520 kc 

Saturday, February 15, 10 A. M. 

620 kc 
850 kc 
1360 kc 
1460 kc 
1470 kc 

Attorneys and engineers representing applicants on the 
above specified channels should appear in Room 7454, New Post Office 
Building, Washington, D. C. , at the time indicated, preoared to 
participate in the conference concerning the channel in which they 
are interested. 

Failure to attend the conference will be construed as in¬ 
dicating that such applicants do not desire to participate in the 
expediting plan and, although their applications will be consider¬ 
ed in connection with the other applications concerned, they will 
not be accorded the amendment privileges orovided for in the Com¬ 
mission’s notice of January 8th. 



On the arrival in South Africa February 17th of Great 
Britain's newest and largest battleship, the 42,000 ton "Vanguard”, 
carrying their Majesties, the King and Queen and the two Princesses, 
the royal party will be joined by the first representative of 
British television to travel so far afield in the interest of view¬ 
ers. It will be George Rottner, a BBC television cameraman, whose 
films will be flown back to Eritain for transmission from Alexandra 
Palace in London. 

Also elaborate arrangements have been made for radio cov¬ 
erage of the trip by short-wave broadcasts which will be beamed to 
tne United States and all parts of the world. Aboard the "Vanguard" 
wnich sailed for South Africa Saturday, February 1st, will be Frank 
Gillard, ace BBC radio reporter to keep listeners everywhere in 
touch with her progress and the life aboard her. Standard record¬ 
ing equipment was installed in the vessel, which will enable Gillard 
to illustrate his reports by means of actuality sound-pictures. All 
material of topical interest will be sent back to London by radio - 
either as a cable, or, when conditions oermit, by direct transmis¬ 
sion. Recordings of a less urgent nature will be flown back. 



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T elevision And Advertisin g 
(Robert D. Levitt in "Tide Magazine") 

Television has elected to become a medium of paid adver¬ 
tising and to pay its way with advertising revenue. The adoption 
of this course already has raised the familiar question of the 
chicken and the egg, which has not yet been solved in either the 
poultry or the television field. Advertisers must have a medium 
with a large enough audience to justify the cost of using it; but 
the audience will be large enough only if the medium offers some¬ 
thing sufficiently interesting to justify the purchase of expensive 

The problem, of course, is primarily one of .programming. 

Who will do it and, more important, what will they do? 

Currently, there are enough advertisers willing to pay 
for television shows even though the audience falls far short of 
Justifying the expense. They do it, of course, in order to get in 
on the ground floor of a new medium, for the satisfaction of being 
first, or to experiment with it while the cost is still comparatively 

How long they will be willing to do it with practically 
no return, however, is another question. The broadcasters and the 
sponsors must obviously build up sufficiently enticing programs so 
that public demand makes television a truly vast medium. What these 
programs must be like hinges on one highly significant and funda¬ 
mental fact: television is at best only a motion picture in the home, 
with only the one important added ingredient of simultaneity..... 

Obviously, the motion picture industry is not willing to 
make movies for television except at a prohibitive cost. And if the 
medium tries to make its own, it will soon find out that even the 
most modest of "B" pictures now costs about $200,000, or a great 
deal more than the most elaborate radio show. And they would be 
comparatively poor imitations. 


Churchill Dictate s By R emote Con trol 

{ Raymond Daniell in ""N.Y. Time s T, J 

Mr. Churchill prefers, in good weather to walk up and 
down in his rose garden, "talking to himself", as one friend put it, 
but in reality dictating to a "walkie-talkie" he brought back from 
the United States on one of his visits to President Roosevelt. His 
words are recorded inside the house and later transcribed by a 

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Rising, Rail Mag n ate Writes His Own Advertising Copy 

(Robert R. Young, Chairman, C* & 0. Railway, in 

H Editor and Publisher”) 

Businessmen are only beginning to realize the great tool 
they have neglected. Yes, in many cases, by turning their news¬ 
paper, radio and magazine copy over to glib writers, they have 
been instrumental in undermining the very system they were trying 
to build up. 

Silent 2-Way Radio As Eli m inator of Much ^r ain Whistling 

( W. E. G-. in "^Washington Post"”)" 

When the engineer of a stopped train wants to tell his 
flagman that he's ready to start moving again, he lets loose with 
four or five blasts that wake the dead. 

But two-way radio would do the same job without inconven¬ 
iencing thousands of people who have to get up in the morning. For 
that matter, even an old-fashioned lantern signal could be employed. 


R adio Played Important Part In Atlanta Hotel Fire 

TRoe E. Woolley in ^ire Engineering 1 ') 

Atlanta, has equipped chiefs' cars with two-way radio, 
operated on the police radio frequency, and this communication 
facility was employed to advantage throughout the Hotel Winecoff 
fire and afterward. Multiple alarms were all sent in by radio from 
departmental cars to fire alarm headquarters. By means of short¬ 
wave radio apparatus, no longer needed at the fire, was dispatched 
to various vacant fire stations with saving in time. One fire 
cnief ! s aide, reporting on the fire, advanced the belief that 
walkie-talkies would have been particularly useful in maintaining 
voice communications between working units and personnel. 

Commercial radio was also emoloyed in many ways, to bring 
medical aid, blood plasma, and volunteer workers; to help in identi¬ 
fying victims and locating missing persons. Appeals were broadcast 
by Chief Styron for outside aid and by Mayor Hartsfield and other 
officials for the help of emergency units. 

Flying R a diotypewriter 
("Long Lines ”) 

In an airport office a Bell System teletypewriter clicked 
away, bringing typewritten news of bad flying conditions only a few 
miles ahead. In a matter of seconds the same news was recorded in 
the same typewritten form in a plane as it sped toward the danger 
zone. With no possibility of misunderstanding, the pilot read and 
acted on the message, which reached him instantly by radio - direct 
from the teletypewriter on the ground to the one in his plane. 




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A further pre-hearing conference for the oral argument 
on Multiple Ownership Rules (now scheduled for February 24, 1947) 
will be held on Monday, February 17, 1947, at 10:00 A.M., EST at 
the Federal Communications Commission in Washington. All persons 
expecting to appear at the oral argument, including persons who did 
not attend the first pre-hearing conference, which was held on Jan¬ 
uary 31, 1947, are invited to attend. 

The Commission's staff has prepared a tabulation of tele¬ 
vision and FM broadcast stations, existing and proposed, which have 
overlapping service areas and some degree of common control. A 
limited number of copies of this tabulation are available at the 
Commission to persons interested in participating in the oral argu¬ 
ment on the Multiple Ownership Rules. 

The Southern Radio & Television Equipment Company of 
Miami, Fla. has filed an application with the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission for permission to build and operate a commercial 
television station in Miami. 

More radio receiving tubes were produced in the United 
States in 1946 than in any other year in the industry’s history, 
the Radio Manufacturers’ Association reports. 

Total shipments by RMA member-companies were 205,217,174 
for 1946and 24,473,535 in December. The highest prewar production 
was 135,858,157 in 1941, while the highest output during the war 
was 139,478,321 in 1944. 

Last year's output included 129,637,191 tubes for new sets, 
65,228,065 for replacements, 9,991,214 for export, and 360,704 for 
Government agencies. 

Two publications, each containing 16 pages, are "Receiving 
Tubes for Television, FM, and Standard Broadcast", and "Power and 
Gas Tubes for Radio and for Industry" have been published by the 
RCA Tube Department. They are said to be of particular value to 
tube users, service men, and the trade in supplying liberal techni¬ 
cal information on RCA tubes in ready reference form. 

At the annual meeting of the Emerson Radio and Phonograph 
Corporation, Benjamin Abrams, President, informed stockholders that 
the company now was turning out radio receiving sets at a rate of 
2,000,000 a year. In October, when the company’s fiscal year ended, 
the rate was 1,600,000 sets a year. 

Krisch-Radisco, Inc., radio, television and appliance 
distributors in New York, have created a separate television divi¬ 
sion to handle RCA Victor "Eye Witness" television receivers. The 
division will be headed by Earl C. Pullen as Sales Manager. 


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Television was shown for the first time in Baltimore 
Tuesday night, Februarh 11th, as business and civic leaders paid 
tribute fo Thomas A. Edison on the centennial of his birth. 

As the eight hundred participants of the occasion arrived 
at the banquet, they were met with the cameras and microphones of 
the new WBAL Television scheduled to be first on the air with tele¬ 
vision in this area.. Pictures were received by receivers of var¬ 
ious makes. 

Among the models was a Bendix Radio black and white tele¬ 
vision receiver combining AM-FM radio and automatic phonograph. A 
limited number of this model is scheduled for early production. 

Representatives of the National Association of Broad¬ 
casters Sales Managers Committee and the Advertising Committee of 
the Radio Manufacturers’ Association met jointly in Washington last 
week and discussed plans for coordination of activities in the 
n Radio-in-Every-Room tt campaign, which is scheduled to be launched 
early this Spring. 

Chairman John S. G-erceau of Fort Wayne, Ind. , of the RMA 
Advertising Committee, and E. R. Taylor, of Chicago, Chairman of 
the subcommittee in charge of the sales promotion project, welcomed 
the cooperation of NAB as offered by John M. Outler of Atlanta, Ge. , 
Chairman of the NAB Sales Managers Subcommittee. 

Assistant Postmaster General Burko of London told Parlia¬ 
ment recently that television set production in Great Britain had 
mounted from 375 last June to 1,725 receivers by November. 

Paul Adorian, a director of Radiffusion, Ltd., manufact¬ 
urers of communication equipment, in a letter to friends in the U.S., 
wrote recently, according to the Television Broadcasters’ Bulletin 
that owing to difficulties in obtaining components, in particular 
transformers, set production had lagged. He added that most man¬ 
ufacturers have designs ready for mass production. 

He indicated that blocks of homes in London were being 
wired for television receivers as soon as they become available. 

A message of commendation was sent by President Truman 
last week to Rear Admiral Ellery W. Stone, former Chief Commissioner 
of the Allied Commission for Italy. He is now chief of the Italian 
affairs section of Allied Forces headquarters in Italy. Admiral 
Stone was formerly Vice-President of I. T. & T. and President of 
the Postal Telegraph Company. 

Mr. Truman sent his message to commemorate the termination 
of the Allied Commission. 



Founded in 1924 


Radio — Television — 


— Communications 

2400 California Street, N. W. 

Washington 8, D. C. 

Robert D. Heinl, Editor 


FZB 2 0 1947 


Washington Foreseen As Great Annual Broadcasters’ Mecca.1 

Suggestions Invited Re Educational Station Rules.2 

Small Business Group Fears For "Little Man” Making Radios.3 

WGY’s First 25 Years Were The Hardest. 4 

Radio Proximity Fuze peacetime Uses Revealed. 5 

Wayne Coy, WINX Washington, Talked Of 4s Philippine Ambassador.... 5 

Seek To Ward Off Proposed Apartment House .Antenna Ban.6 

Westinghouse To Get Plenty Of Radio Cabinets.7 

WOR Put Bamberger’s On The Map’, Also Others In 25 Years.8 

Would Further Adapt Ra diotelephone To Harbor And R. R. Uses.8 

WFAA, Fort Worth, Licensed To Use KGKO Facilities.9 

NAB Sends Out Second Installment Of Joske Report. * 9 

FTC Rules Against Including Rectifier In Tube Count..10 

Turkey’s 150 KW Station To Be Most Powerful Next ^o USSR..,.11 

RMA School Committee Plans Standards For School Recordings.12 
Walkie-Talkies” ^ryout For Farmers, Soortemen, Surveyors.12 
Ballantyne, Philco Pres., Awarded War Deoartment Certificate.12 

Scissors And Paste. 

Trade Notes 

No. 1763 


February 19, 1947 


A thing which has been shaping itself for a long time - 
delayed only by the war - but which the outstanding success of the 
recent Radio Corresoondents’ Dinner to President Truman made crystal 
clear was that Washington is destined at the time this dinner is 
held to become the annual gathering place for the high command of 
the broadcasting industry. They attended in unprecedented numbers 
this year, more than 400, but the time is not far away when the 
demand for tickets for this affair may be as great as for the famous 
Gridiron Dinner. 

The way high government officials in the Capital accepted 
invitations to the radio dinner is already comparable"to the Grid¬ 
iron. According to Charter Heslep, Washington representative of 
Mutual, more than 80 per cent of the dignitaries invited, came. 

This included such people as Chief Justice Vinson, Dwight D. Eisen¬ 
hower, and Admiral William D. Leahy. In fact, there was such a 
turnout of brass that the head table was not big enough to hold them 
all and no less a personage than former Governor Stassen of Minnes¬ 
ota, found himself seated down with the others at an ordinary table - 
a thing which probably doesn't happen often to the country's first 
avowed presidential candidate. 

It is believed the day will soon come when the President 
will set aside the Saturday morning of the Radio Correspondents' 
dinner to receiving important broadcasters, Just as he does to 
greet prominent publishers from various parts of the country the 
morning of the Gridiron. In fact, a precedent has already been set 
for this in Mr. Truman receiving the Board of Directors of the 
Mutual Broadcasting System at the White House the day before the 
Correspondents' Dinner. Realizing that most of the Directors would 
want to attend the dinner, Alfred J. McCosker, Chairman of the 
Board, had called a meeting in Washington at that time. Included 
in the party who subsequently went to see the President were: 

Alfred J. McCosker, of New York; Edgar Kobak, President; 
Lewis Allen Weiss, Don Lee Net, Hollywood; Chesser Campbell, WGN, 
Chicago; Willet H. Brown, Don Lee Net, Hollywood; John Shepard, 3rd 
Yankee Network, Boston; E. M. Antrim, WGN, Chicago; J. E. Campeau, 
CKLW, Detroit; Benedict Gimbel, Jr., WIP, Philadelphia; J. E. Wallen, 
MBS Treasurer; Robert D. Swezey, MBS Vice-President and General 
Manager, and Mr. Heslep. 

Thus Mutual, having started the ball rolling, others are 
bound to see the wisdom iOf the move and follow suit. Conceivably 
the National Association of Broadcasters might call a meeting for 
that time. Likewise the Frequency Modulation (FM) Association, which 
was formed in Washington only a few days before the dinner. As it 
was, Judge Roy Hofheinz, President of the FM group and numerous 
others, stayed over for it. Washington would take on a radio com¬ 
plexion the same as when the Associated press and other press 
organizations gather in New York for a newspaper week every Spring. 



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There is, however, a much more definite reason for broad¬ 
cast station owners to meet in Washington and that is because they 
are virtually under the thumb of Congress and its creature the 
Federal Communications Commission. It is distinctly to their advan¬ 
tage to take every opportunity to become better acquainted with 
these high Government officials. And the Radio Correspondents’ 
Association, it would seem, has given them a fine opportunity to do 

Among the brass attending the dinner who, in one way or 
another, control radio insofar as the Government is concerned, were: 

Senator Wallace White (R), of Maine, Majority Leader and 
Chairman of the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee; Senator Robert 
A. Taft (R), of Ohio, Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee; Repre¬ 
sentative Charles A. Wolverton (D), of New Jersey, Chairman of the 
House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, and Representative 
Clarence Lea (D), of California, author of the Lea anti-Petrillo 
Act. Also Charles R. Denny, Jr. , Chairman, and all the members of 
the Federal Communications Commission. 

The Radio Correspondents’ Association has Droved to be a 
remarkable organization in many ways and now comprises more than 
100 members. The same as the press, they have their own galleries 
in the House and Senate, the Superintendent of the former being 
Robert M. Menough, and the latter, D. Harold McGrath, both always 
efficient and accommodating. The Executive Committee of the Cor¬ 
respondents' Association is composed of the following: 

Chairman, Rex Goad, Transradio Press Service; Vice- Chair¬ 
man, Eric Sevareid, ColumbiaBroa dca.sting System; Secretary, Albert 
Warner, Mutual Broadcasting System; Treasurer, Ray Henle, Mutual 
Broadcasting System; Member ex-Officio: Richard Harkness, National 
Broadcasting Company; and Member at Large, Francis W. Tully, Jr., 
Washington Reporters, Inc. 



Anyone who is interested in submitting comments and sug¬ 
gestions regarding a change of the Federal Communications Commission 
Rules governing non-commercial educational broadcast stations, may 
file such comments and suggestions within the next 20 da.ys, and may 
request oral argument with respect thereto. If comments and sugges¬ 
tions are submitted which warrant the Commission in holding an oral 
argument, notice of the time and place of such oral argument will 
be given. 


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Speaking in behalf of his bill to make credit available 
to small enterprise and to continue the Reconstruction Finance Cor¬ 
poration as an agency whose prime function it would be to foster 
small business, Senator Glen Taylor (D), of Idaho, himself a former 
radio commentator, spoke last week of a possiole business recession 
and expressed fear for the ”little man” in the radio manufacturing 

Senator Taylor, who is a. member of the rejuvenated Senate 
Small Business Committee, of which Senator George A. Wherry (r), of 
Nebraska, is Chairman, said: 

"Many leading business economists advise us that we are 
approaching a period of recession. The trade journals and economic 
tipsters usually refer to it as the shake-out of 1947, and predict 
that it will occur this Soring. They foresee declining prices in 
soft goods accompanied by falling production and unemployment in 
certain lines. They do not predict a lengthy depression, because it 
is generally agreed that there will be a continuing demand at high 
prices for hard goods. 

"But what is significant about all these predictions is 
that everyone seems agreed that the oeople who will suffer most will 
be the small businessmen. Even in the case of some consumer durable 
goods, such as radios, it is predicted that so-called 'off brands' 
will no longer be in demand, and that their manufacturers will be 
forced out of business. 

"Now, what is an 'off brand' radio, or any other article, 
for that matter? Briefly, an off-brand radio, we will say, is a 
radio which is not made by one of the largest corporations. It is a 
radio made by a small businessman. It is a radio which is not ad¬ 
vertised in the national magazines. It is not necessarily a worse 
radio nor is it a better radio. I have no doubt that some 'off- 
brand' radios are far superior to the famous name radios which will 
be at their peak of sales. On the other hand, some may be shoddy 
and second rate. * * * 

"In other words, then, small business will suffer merely 
because it is small business. It will suffer because it cannot af¬ 
ford the large-scale promotion which big business can afford. It 
will suffer because of a lack of long-term credit. " 


The Iraq Government has placed an order with the Marconi 
Company of England for equipment which will be used to erect a 
broadcasting station at Abu Graib near Baghdad. ^he order calls 
for one 20-kilowatt medium-wave transmitter; one 15-kilowatt short¬ 
wave transmitter; and one 25-kilowatt short-wave wireless set for 


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WGY, one of the ten oldest broadcasting stations in the 
country, will be 25 years old tomorrow (Thursday, February 20). 

Open House is being observed all wekk. All studios are 
open from 10 A.M. until 10 P.M. for inspection tours. The walls 
of the main corridor of WGY carry a display of old broadcasting 
pictures, many of scenes taken during the first five years of the 
station*s operation. 

There will be three special urograms during the week, in 
addition to the anniversary dinner broadcast on Friday night al¬ 
though practically all local broadcasts will point up the annivers¬ 
ary. The first took place last night when the WGY Players presented 
an original skit, "The World Without Radio". The second will be 
a special Science Forum broadcast on Wednesday evening (tonight) 
at 7:30 o'clock, during which Everett 3. Lee, Engineer of the Gener¬ 
al Engineering and Consulting Laboratory of General Electric will 
have a two-way radio conversation with Sir Noel Ashbridge, Deputy 
Director General of the British Broadcasting Company and a pioneer 
in wireless in that country. Sir Noel was associated in 1920 with 
a small group of engineers at Marconi's experimental station at 
Shelmsford, England. The third feature broadcast will be on 
Friday at 7:30 o'clock marking the fifth anniversary of one of the 
station's most popular programs, "The FBI in Action". The guest 
speaker will be Louis B. Nichols, Assistant Director of the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation. 

A dinner program on Friday originating from Schenectady 
will be on the air from 9:00 until 10:00 P.M. EST. The sneakers 
will include Niles Trammell, President of the National Broadcasting 
Company with which WGY is affiliated. 

WGY today operates 50,000 watts maximum power allotted to 
broadcast stations in this country. Its transmitter and radiation 
system, located at South Schenectady, are one of the most modern 
design, assuring a strong signal coverage to the great Northeast. 

During 25 years of operation in the oublic interest WGY 
has been on the air a total of 132,883 hours. On its natal year, 
1922, the station operated 733 hours. This operating time increas¬ 
ed steadily until it reached its oresent schedule of 6:00 A.M. to 
1:00 A. M. daily for a yearly total in 1946 of 6,853 hours. Top 
operating year was 1942, directly following Pearl Harbor, when the 
station was on the 24 hours a day, Jan. 1 through Dec. 1, for a 
total of 8,611 hours. WGY is affiliated with the National Broad¬ 
casting Company. 



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Stating that many industrial organizations are conferring 
with it concerning oeacetirae possibilities of wartime developments 
the National Bureau of Standards makes known that the technics em¬ 
bodied in the radio proximity fuze may be applied to such equipment 
as smaller hearing aids, pocket-size radios, walkie-talkies, and a 
variety of other miniature commercial electronic devices. 

The radio proximity fuze is a tiny radio sending and re¬ 
ceiving station, so small that some models may be covered by a man’s 
hand. It operates by continuously sending out radio waves. When 
an object of reasonable size is approached, the radio waves reach¬ 
ing that object are reflected back* to the projectile. The fuze 
receiver picks up these reflected waves, analyzes them, and when 
they have the desired properties (that is, when the projectile is 
close enough to the object), an electronic switch is closed, deton¬ 
ating the fuze and the projectile. 

More than 1,000 fuzes were built in the Standard Bureau's 
model shops. Production was started in the latter part of 194S 
and continued through most of 1943. About 400,000 each of the radio 
and photoelectric proximity fuzes were manufactured. 

Examples of the peacetime equipment to which proximity 
fuze technics might be directly applied include the manufacture of 
I-F strips for radar equipment, control circuits in pilotless air¬ 
craft, portable radio transmitters and receivers concealed on the 
persons of intelligence personnel, subminiature electronic controls, 
a greatly expedited telephone dialing system, special research 
equipment, and a host of other commercial applications. 

A detailed discussion of the proximity fuze and its 
development appears in the January issue of the National Standards 
Bureau Technical News just off the press. 


wayne coy, winx Washington, talked of as Philippine ambassador 

Press dispatches from Manila have mentioned Wayne Coy, 
Assistant to the Publisher of the Washington Pos t, and in charge of 
Station WINX as a possible successor to Paul V. McNutt as U. S. 
Ambassador to the Philippines. Mr. Coy at present is in Manila with 
a party of American editors who are making an inspection tour of 
Japan and the South Pacific. 

Mr. Coy is a relatively newcomer into radio. He has been 
active in FM development - the Post having the leading FM station 
in the Capital, and was recently elected Vice-President of the newly 
formed FM Association. 


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A Hoosier by birth, Coy, 42 years old, was formerly 
administrative assistant for two years in High Commissioner 
McNutt’s office in the Philippines. He began as a newspaper report¬ 
er serving on the I ndianap o lis Sta r and other papers. An early New 
Dealer, he was Assistant A.clministrator to the Federal Security 
Agency in Washington, Assistant to the President in the Office of 
Emergency Management, and finally Assistant Director of the Budget 
Bureau in the Executive Office of the President. 



A bombshell was dropped into the television situation in 
New York City by a discovery by Jack Gould of the New Yo rk T imes 
that the apartment house owners were planning a ban on the erection 
of television entennas. J. R. Poppele, President of the Television 
Broadcasters’ Association lost no time coming out with the follow¬ 
ing statement: 

"The Television Broadcasters' Association has been 
aware for some time of the problems involved in serving a large 
number ot televiewers in any one dwelling. At the Association’s 
annual meeting last month, machinery was set into motion to coordi¬ 
nate industry representatives into sub-committees for collective 
action on several Dressing problems. One of them was the matter of 
television antenna installations in multiple dwellings. This after¬ 
noon (February 14) steps were taken to tackle the problem and to 
seek an immediate solution. * * * * 

"Until suitable multiple antenna systems capable of serv¬ 
ing large numbers of receivers are fully developed and. field tested, 
it would appear unfair to tenants of aoartments and other multiole 
dwellings to be denrived of a television service, if they desire 

"The situation is analagous to the early days of radio 
wiien landlords were equally moved to protest the erection of radio 
antennas on rooftops and to prohibit their installstions in many 
cases. Reasons cited were the danger of lightning striking the 
antennas; of individuals defacing rooftops by erecting poles and 
otner trivialities. 

Newspapers helped to ease tne situation by conducting 
educational campaigns for readers on how to install antennas and, 
in many cases, developed and depicted antenna designs which either 
occupied little or no room on rooftops or could be incorporated 
within the receivers. 

"Surely the television industry will meet this problem 
and meet it squarely. If the need is shown, the solution is invar¬ 
iably found. Every new service reaching the public has had its 




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skeptics as well as its enthusiastic adherents. Those who came to 
see Robert Fulton’s first steamboat sink on its initial run remain¬ 
ed to cheer. 

"The very groups who today are anxious over so-called 
’dangers’, (unwarranted in most instances) were equally anxious 
about radio’s ’dangers’ from 1920 to 1925. 

"I am firmly of the belief that the activity in the 
matter of antenna installations, initiated by TBA, will bring about 
a rapid solution. Meanwhile, I would urge landlords to reconsider 
their actions on antenna installations, and where adequate space 
for several antennas is available, to relax the ben and permit di¬ 
poles to be erected. " 



A long-term contract to purchase the entire output of 
radio cabinets manufactured at the woodworking shoos of the Mifflin¬ 
burg Body Works, Mifflinburg, Pa., has been signed by the Horae 
Radio Division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. The Mifflin¬ 
burg Works, with a manufacturing area of 300,000 square feet, ex¬ 
pects to deliver 40,000 console and table cabinets in the next four 

"Since the small supply of radio cabinets has been one of 
the component shortages plaguing the radio industry in the past 
year, this contract will have the primary advantage of providing 
another source of cabinets", John E. Flood of Westinghouse said. 

"In addition, the engineering design and development of 
new cabinets and the quality control of cabinets now being manu¬ 
factured will be facilitated because of the proximity of the two 
plants", Mr. Flood continued. "Since Mifflinburg is only 20 miles 
from our Sunbury plant and the engineers of both companies will be 
able to get together as often as necessary to eliminate any manu¬ 
facturing or design problems which may come up. " 

With the cabinet manufacturer located nearby, Mr. Flood 
pointed out that snipping and handling costs of the cabinets - 
generally high because of the bulky nature of the product and the 
long distance between the cabinet maker and the radio manufacturer - 
will be reduced, and delivery will not be hampered by transporta¬ 
tion delays resulting from heavy volume of traffic or other causes. 

The Mifflinburg Works has been supplying cabinets in a 
limited quantity to the Home Radio Division for the past year, with 
manufacturing furniture as a main line. 



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A quarter of a century ago, somebody in Bamberger’s 
Newark, N. J. Department Store got the bright idea that maybe start¬ 
ing a new fangled contraption known as a wireless transmitter might 
help the sale of wireless receivers and possibly give the store a 
little publicity. That’s how WOR was started on 250 watts in a 
small room adjoining the sporting goods department. Not long there¬ 
after a live young publicity man named McCosker - Alfred J. - breez¬ 
ed into the place and the listening public knows the rest. Mr. 
McCosker, a New Yorker by birth, had already made quite a nsjne for 
himself in the newspaper and theatrical field. He took to radio 
like a duck takes to water. 

Result - WOR, a 50,000 watter - this week celebrating 
its 25th anniversary is toda.y one of the country’s outstanding sta¬ 
tions. Mr. McCosker is not only Chairman of WOR’s Board of Direct¬ 
ors, but also Chairman of the Board of the Mutual Broadcasting 
System of which WOR is a leading affiliate. 


Another man who deserves credit in the early development 
of WOR is J. R. Poppele, oldest employee in point of service, who 
opened WOR as Assistant Engineer and now is Engineering Vice-presi¬ 
dent of the company. 

Throughout this week WOR listeners will hear announcements 
of the WOR special 25th anniversary broadcasts to be held on 
Saturday, Ffeb. 22 (MBS 9-10 P.M., EST). On Friday night, members 
of the WOR "Ten Year Club", composed of employees of 10 or more 
years’ service, will be host to all the WOR staff and their families 
at a dinner-dance in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. 



Permits have been granted the New Telephone Company to 
test radiotelephone service in New York harbor and adjacent waters 
in connection with the development of coastal harbor radiocommunica¬ 
tion systems and equipment. A coastal station will link 100 ship 
mobile units. 

Authorization has also been given to the Union Bag & Paper 
Company of Savannah, Ga. to test radiotelephone service for switch¬ 
ing locomotives on the firm's property in connection with develop¬ 
ment of Industrial radiocommunications system and equipment. Not 
being a common carrier, the applicant was ineligible for authoriza¬ 
tion in the new Railroad Radio Service. A like authorization was 
granted previously to the Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Co. 


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The Federal Communications Commission has granted appli¬ 
cations for renewal of licenses and for assignment of license, to 
the following: 

KG-KO Broadcasting Co* (ICGKO) , Fort Worth, rn exas, and 
Assignment of License; Carter Publications, Inc. WBAP), Fort Forth 
and A. H. Belo Coro. (WFAA), Dellas; Texas. 

The application for assignment of license of KGKO will 
have the effect of eliminating the call letters "KGKO", and dissolv¬ 
ing the KGKO Broadcasting Co., and each of the assignees, Carter 
Publications, Inc., licensee of WBAP, and A. H. Belo Coro., licensee 
of WFAA, will be licensed to use the present facilities of KGKO 
operating one-half the total broadcast time on 820 kc. and one-half 
time on 570 kc., subject to the condition that Carter Publications, 
Inc. , and A. H. Belo Coro, file with the Commission, within 60 days, 
a schedule of their hours of operation on both 820 kc. and 570 kc., 
in accordance with the provisions of the rules with respect to 
share-time stations; and to the further condition that they submit 
to the Commission within 90 days, satisfactory evidence that KGKO 
Broadcasting Co. has been dissolved that their commitments with 
respect to the separation of their respective operations have been 
effectively implemented. 



The Second Installment of "Radio for Retailers", the re¬ 
port published by tne National Association of Broadcasters on the 
extensive experiments in radio advertising carried on by Joske’s of 
Texes, has just been published. 

The initial release, in a loose-leaf binder with the 
title "Radio for Retailers" stamped on the cover, was issued last 

The latest installment contains two new chapters - one 
on "Copy", and the other on "Programs". 


Starting March 1st, WGNB, WGN*s ( Chicag o tribune ) FM 
station, will be on the air 12 hours daily - from 11 A.M. to 11 




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The Federal Trade Commission today (Wednesday, February 
19) issued the following statement interpreting Rule 3(k) of the 
Trade Practice Rules for the Radio Receiving Set Manufacturing 
Industry, as promulgated July 22, 1939; 

"Under Rule 3(k) of the Trade Practice Rules for the 
Radio Receiving Set Manufacturing Industry; and in the light of 
the decision of the court in Zenith Radio Comoration v A Federal 
Trade Commission, the Commission considers it improoer to include 
rectifiers in the tube count in representations that a set con¬ 
tains a designated number of tubes or is of a designated tube capac¬ 

"The Commission does not regard it as improper, where the 
advertisement prominently and conspicuously states the actual tube 
capacity of a. radio set (computed without inclusion of rectifiers 
or other devices which do not perform the recognized and customary 
function of radio receiving set tubes in the detection, amplifica¬ 
tion and reception of radio signals) for sucn advertisement also to 
contain a further statement to the effect that the set in addition 
contains a rectifier, provided such is true and the advertisement 
as a whole or in part involves no misrepresentation or deception. 
Illustration of sucn expression as descriptive of a set containing 
eight tubes computed in accordance with the above and a rectifier 
is as follows: 

’An Eight Tube Set 

This set in addition contains a rectifier.’" 

The provisions of such Rule 3(k) of the ^ Practice 
Rules for the Radio Receiving Set Manufacturing Industry are as fol¬ 
lows : 

"Rule 3 - Specific Types of Advertisements or Representa¬ 
tions Among Those Prohibited: 

"It is an unfair trade practice for any member of the 
industry to use, or cause to be used, any of the following-described 
types of advertisements or representations: * * * * * * 

"(k) Advertisements or representations stating, purport¬ 
ing or implying that any radio receiving set so advertised or repre¬ 
sented contains a certain number of tubes or is of a certain tube 
capacity when one or more of such tubes in the set are dummy or 
fake tubes, or are tubes which perform no useful function, or are 
tubes which do not nerform or were not placed in the set to perform 
the recognized and customary function of a radio receiving set tube 
in the detection, amplification and reception of radio signals. 

"NOTE: In order to avoid and prevent deceptive or mislead¬ 
ing tendencies or results, so-called * ballast tubes’, dial or other 
lamps used for illumination, so-called plug-in resistors, and other 
accessories or devices not serving the recognized and customary fun¬ 
ction of a radio receiving set tube, are not be included as tubes in 
advertisements or representations of a radio receiving set which 
describe or refer to the set as having a certain number of tubes or 

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as being of a specified tube capacity. References to rectifier 
tubes, and to tubes, devices or accessories which do not serve 
as signal amplifying or detecting tubes or heterodyne oscillator 
tubes, should be such as to clearly avoid misunderstanding or 
deception of purchasers.)" 



Authorization has been received for the construction of 
two radio stations in Anatolia, Turkey, in addition to two new sta¬ 
tions that are now under construction. 

Contracts were awarded in January 1946 for a 100-kilowatt 
snort-wave station in Ankara and al50-kilowatt medium-wave station 
in Istanbul. 

The radio building under construction in Istanbul is to 
cost about TLl,260,000. Work on the transmitting tower is not ex¬ 
pected to be entirely completed until the end of 1947. Operating 
on wave lengths of 395.78 meters and at a frequency of 758 kilo¬ 
cycles, this station is reported to be the most powerful medium- 
wave station on the European Continent outside of Russia. 

All owners of wireless sets in Turkey are required to 
have a license. This covers all radio sets used for the transmis¬ 
sion or reception, by means of electromagnetic waves, of pictures, 
signals, and sounds. 

Radio subscribers in Turkey at the end of 1945 reached a 
total of 178,000, an increase from 25,510 at the end of 1937 and 
46,244 at the end of 1938. Further expansion can be expected, upon 
the realization of plans for the expansion of electrification in 



Over 40 requests a day are being received by WGN3, WGN's 
FM station, for its program booklet listing all the WGNB programs 
for the month, which is sent free to all who ask for it. 

G. William Lang, Chief Engineer of WGNB, estimates from 
mail response and the number of FM receiving sets released, that 
there are now well over 200,000 FM listeners in the Chicago area. 


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The School Equipment Committee of the Rpdio Manufacturers’ 
Association, in coooeration with officials of the U. S. Bureau of 
Education and other educators who with industry reoresentatives 
comprise the Joint Committee on Standards for School Audio Equipment, 
are preparing a report on acceptable standards for school record¬ 
ings and playback equipment. 

The work will be under the direction of a subcommittee 
headed by C. F. Gill of General Electric Company, Syracuse, N. Y. , 
comprising industry and school representatives. Dr. R. R. Lowder- 
milk, of the Radio Section, U. S. Office of Education, will assist 
the subcommittee. When completed, the report will be acted upon 
by the full RMA Scnool Equipment Committee, of which Lee McCanne, 
Vice-President and General Manager of the Stromberg-Carlson Company, 
Rochester, N.Y. , is Chairman. 



The Federal Communications Commission has granted to John 
M. Mulligan, of Elmira, N.Y., the first construction permit of its 
kind in connection with the development of a Citizens Radio Com¬ 
munications service. 

Mr. Mulligan, a radio engineer, proposes to study propa¬ 
gation effects end other service factors in the 460-470 megacycle 
band which is allocated for the development of this service. Power 
of 50 watts maximum input will be used. The proposed Citizens 
Radiocommunications Service contemplates personal use of "walkie- 
talkies" and other portable two-way communication mediums by farmers, 
surveyors, sportsmen and others. 



John Ballantyne, President of Philco Corporation, leading 
manufacturer of air-borne radar equipment for the Army and Navy, 
was awarded a special Certificate of Appreciation last Monday for 
his wartime services in directing the development and production of 
radar for the armed forces. 

Lt. Col. Arnold T. Gallagner, Commanding Officer, Phila¬ 
delphia Storage and Issue Agency, Signal Corps, read the Certifica¬ 
te, signed by Secretary of War Robert ?. Patterson and others, which 
included the following citation: 

"The War Department expresses its appreciation for patriot¬ 
ic service in a position of trust and responsibility to John Ballan¬ 
tyne for outstanding contributions by directing the research, devel¬ 
opment, engineering and production of hignly complicated ra.dar and 
associated equipment for the Signal Corps. " 


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P owel Cr os ley's £1,200 Bank No te And R ow It G- rew 

r^erard Piel in "Life 7 * Feb. P?] 

It wes Powel III who was partly responsible for one of the 
major digressions in his father's career. At the age of 9 he report¬ 
ed that he had heard a radio and wanted one. Crosley shopped around 
tne following day and discovered that the cheapest set was priced 
at $119. He spent a quarter for a booklet caTled "The ABC of Radio”. 
Within a few weeks Crosley had a team of hams building him a 20-watt 
transmitter and a couple of University of Cincinnati engineering 
students designing a receiver that could sell for $20. 

This was the Crosley one-tube Harko, the first low-priced 
set to reach the market. A year later, in 1922, the Crosley Radio 
Corp. was the biggest manufacturer of radio sets in the world and 
Crosley himself was happily engaged, as one of the earliest disk 
jockeys, announcers and program producers, in broadcasting phono¬ 
graph records under federal license over the call letters WLW. He 
was also having trouble with his customers, however. They keot send¬ 
ing back their Harkos because the single tube could not bring in 
what radio programs there were above the noise level of Summer 
static. * * * 

Crosley's solution for this problem was "superpower”, his 
major contribution to the broadcasting industry. As fast as techni¬ 
cal advances permitted, he ran the power of WLWL, over the protest 
of competitors, up to 50G-,000 watts. The energy generated by WLW’s 
huge transmitter bewitched the countryside for miles around. Barb¬ 
ed-wire fences emitted sparks, light bulbs glowed in farm-houses, 
rainspouts and. bedsprings played hot jazz. WLW picked up regular 
listeners as far away as Aklavik on the Arctic Ocean. * * * * 

Although WLW made money despite Crosley's extravagant in¬ 
vestment in power, he never regarded it as a. strictly profit-making 
venture. Its chief function, in his mind, was to sell cheap radio 


When Victor Emanuel's Aviation Corporation turned up with 
an offer to buy everything Crosley owned except the Crosley car end 
the Cincinnati Reds, he knew the hour had arrived. For the business 
he had started on a $1200 note, he got $12,000,000 in cash. 

Abuse Of Power By A FRA . 

("Washington Post”) 

The noted Hollywood producer, Cecil D. DeMille, reminded 
tne House Labor Committee that his refusal to pay an assessment of 
$1 levied on him by the American Federation of Radio Artists for 
purely political purposes resulted in his suspension from the union. 
Under the provisions of the union shop agreement, Mr. De Mille was 

consequently barred from appearing on his radio program* 


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Individual rights to enter into contracts for the sale of 
labor are necessarily curtailed by laws legalizing collective bar¬ 
gaining through representative unions. If employers are willing to 
accept bargaining agreements requiring all tneir employees to join 
the Union, the individual's freedom of action, is subject to some 
further curtailment, * * * 

The real evil in the particular instance was the AFRA's 
assessment of its members for purposes not related to the legitimate 
objectives of the union as a collective bargaining agency. If 
unions with closed-shop agreements are permitted to assess their 
members in order to finance political campaigns, on pain of expul¬ 
sion and loss of their jobs for refusal to cay, the founda.tions of 
our political structure, based on a system of free voting by the 
people, will be seriously undermined. 

P ublisher Enthuse s Over Facsimile; To ^est It In Miami 

("Jerry Walker in "Editor and publisher” 

John S. Knight's announcement that the Miami (Fla.) Heral d 
would begin facsimile service to the public within a few months 
prompted a refresher visit this week to the laboratories of Radio 
inventions, Inc., New York City. 

That's where Dr. John V. L. Hogan, facsimile pioneer, dir¬ 
ects the research which a group of newspapers and others, banded 
together as Broadcasters Facsimile Analysis, has been financing for 
several years. Mr. Knight has become a subscriber to 3FA and pro¬ 
poses to introduce the newspaper-of-the-air to Floridians on a regu¬ 
lar basis. 

"Facsimile”, Mr. Knight declared, "is the most radical 
change in newspaper publishing methods since the invention of type¬ 
setting machines. Within a few years at most it promises you an 
entirely new concept of the daily newspaper. 

"Facsimile means an exact copy or reproduction of the 
Miami Herald as acontinuing process in your home - right before your 
eyes. " 

While Mr. Knight's enthusiasm is appreciated to a large 
degree, the laboratory experts are more restrained; they don't claim 
yet that their achievements, to date, would warrant scrapping of 
presses or other equipment needed to produce more than the original 
copy of a metropolitan newspaper. * * * 

Since mass production of BFA sets, designed by Radio In¬ 
ventions, has been delayed until late Summer at the General Electric 
Co. plant, the Miami experiments probably will be confined at first 
to the receivers which will be placed in the lobbies of the large 
leisure lamaseries. 

This plan, incidentally, has suggested anew method for a 
newspaper to introduce facsimile by letting hotels or advertisers 
underwrite the costs of oublic view machines. 

(BFA currently offers publishers a minimum set of facsim¬ 
ile equipment and a program service for "lessthan $10,000.") * * * 

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The Western Union is offering broadcasting stations, 
newspapers, airlines and others in New York City a 24 hour city¬ 
wide Weather Bureau teletype service. The cost will be $35 with 
the Weather Bureau making no charge for its part of the service 
because of the relief from the 900 or more telephone calls which 
the Bureau now has to handle. 

In addition to this, the New York Telephone Company re¬ 
ceives upwards of 40,000 requests for weather information every day. 

J. T. Dalton has been appointed Sales Manager for Radio 
and Television of the Bendix Radio Division of 3endlx Aviation 
Corporation. Mr, Dalton, who was Manager of Bendix distribution 
for the past three years, succeeds L. C. ^ruesdell, resigned. 

Station WTMV, Mississippi Valley Broadcasting Co. of 
East St, Louis, Ill., has been designated for a hearing on its 
sale to Evansville On The Air, Inc., for a consideration of $320,000. 

The vacuum-tube acceleration pick-up as developed at the 
National Bureau of Standards takes advantage of the effect of accel¬ 
eration on the relative position of the electrodes in the tube. The 
tube contains a fixed, indirectly heated cathode with two plates, 
one on either side. The plates are elastically mounted to deflect 
in response to acceleration normal to the plane of the plates. De¬ 
flection of the plates causes a change in plate current proportional 
to the acceleration and such changes in current are recorded on a 
standard oscillograph. 

Closely following the signing of a contract Tuesday by 
tne Metropolitan Opera with the Columbia Recording Company for the 
recording of two complete operas a year from the stage of the Metro¬ 
politan, said to have the O.K. of Petrillo, RCA-Victor announced it 
would likewise record full length operas with Metropolitan singers. 

A. T, & T. has been given the green light to use five 
micro-wave relay stations between New York and Philadelphia (two 
terminal stations and three intermediate) to further test the 
practicability of television program transmission, multi-channel 
telephone communications and other long distance services. The 
grants are for Experimental Clsss 2 operation; commercial service is 
not authorized. Similar authorizations are held by the same company 
for a microwave chain between Eoston and New York. 

Did you ever hear of Ambassador Radio? He is Pierre Radio, 
the new Argentine Ambassador to Spain. 

Philco Corporation declared a quarterly dividend of 37-|- 
cents, payable March 12 to holders of record February 28. This 
places the company on a, $1.50 annual basis, compared with $1 in 1946. 


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The Federal Communications Commission has announced adop¬ 
tion of a Proposed Decision looking towards the denial of the fol¬ 
lowing applications: 

Harold Thomas, licensee of Station WaTR, Waterbury, Conn, 
for construction oerinit to change transmitter site and studio loca¬ 
tion of station to Springfield, Mass., and increase power from 1 KW 
to 5 KW and install a new transmitter and directional antenna, oper¬ 
ating unlimited time on 1320 kc.; and WMAS, Inc., licensee of Sta¬ 
tion WMAS, Soringfield, Mass., for a construction permit to change 
frequency from 1450 to 1320 kc; and increase power from 250 watts to 
5 KW and install a new transmitter and directional antenna. 

The Commission also adopted an Order making final its 
Proposed Decision granting aoplication of the ’49er Broadcasting 
Company, for a. new station at o, rass valley, Calif, to operate on 
1400 kc. , 250 watts, unlimited time, and denying the application of 
Town Talk Broadcasting Company seeking the same facilities. 

Stimulated by the newly inaugurated Co-op Sales Awards 
Program, sales of cooperative programs by the American Broadcasting 
Comoany during January have shown a 46$ increase over November 1946 
bookings, according to Harold Day, Sales Manager of ABC's Co-Op 
Program Department. 

The Chillum Heights Citizens Association in Washington 
opposed the installation of a 300-foot broadcast tower for a pro¬ 
posed new 1,000 watt daytime radio station on 1590 kc. in the 
suburbs of Washington, D. C. this week. 

Richard Eaton, former WWDC news commentator and applicant 
for the operation of the station, assured the group his station 
would not "blanket" the area, as it had been felt it would. 

"I wisn to create a ’family' station", he said. "It is my 
wish to give the community a station mothers and fathers will not 
hesitate to let their children listen to - a station free of ’who¬ 
dunits’ and other mystery story types. " 

Contents of Radio Age ('RCA Quarterly) for January include: 

"Radio in 1946-47", Brig. General David Sarnoff; "Status of 
Color Television", Statements by Dr. C. B._Jolliffe, R. D. Kell and 
G-. L. Beers; "Ship Radar Tested" by C. J. ^annill; "Modern Distribu¬ 
tion", by Frank M. Folsom; "Making Tubes for Television"; "Advertis¬ 
ing in the Public Interest", by Niles Gramme 11; "Radiotelegraph 
Traffic Doubled" by Thonroson H. Mitchell, and "The Pocket Ear". 

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(Continued from Page 14 "publisher Enthuses Over ^csimile; To Test 
It In Miami". 

Commercial standards have not as yet been set by the Fed¬ 
eral Communications Commission, and no revenue can be obtained from 
advertising until they are. Numerous advertisers have expressed a 
desire to utilize the new medium as soon as there is a sizable aud¬ 
ience, and some have a notion they would like to broadcast sponsored 
pages or sections. 

Present machines will transmit and receive four fax pages 
every 15 minutes - that’s the equivalent of one full-size newspaper 
page; four an hour, or q 6 if the receiver is left turned on all day. 
The paper cost alone, for such a "Sunday edition" of a metropolitan 
Daner, would run around Cl. 


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W. S. hcDQEd 

Kicks Coming In Aplenty About U. S. Broadcasts To Russia.1 

House Ban On Daylight Time- Is Accented By Senate Group.3 

WCCO-CBS Offers News Service To Minnesota Congressmen.4 

Radio Set Price Cut Called "Merchandising Stunt”.4 

Asks FCC Approval For "World’s Tallest Structure”..5 

RCA Victor To Introduce Tele Sets In Los Angeles March 10....... 6 

Denny, FCC Chairman, To Address Institute Of Radio Engineers.... 7 
Stanton Receives Award To CBS From Christians-Jews Group...7 

British Issue New Book Of World Broadca.sting Stations.7 

Morris, Zenith Rep., Up For U. S. Chamber Commerce Director.8 

WAA Reveals Sale Of Two Radio Receiving Tube Plants.9 

War Communications Board Ended By President Truman.10 

U. S. Revises International Frequency Service Proposals.11 

BBC Again Signs Its $16,000,000 Sponsor - The Government..12 

Newspaper Circulation Boom Is Reported.12 

Scissors And Paste., .13 

Trade Notes. 15 

No. 1764 

Helnl Radio News Service 

February 26, 1947 


Reports coming in to Washington are that very few seem 
to be enthusiastic thus far about the U. S. Broadcasts to the 
Soviet Union - the Russians the least of all. The population of 
Russia, according to the latest figures furnished by the National 
Geographic Society, is 170,467,572. The British Broadcasting 
Corooration estimates there are 500,000 sets capable of hearing its 
daily Russian language programs. Charles W. Thayer, U. S. Foreign 
Service officer in New York, however, said the estimate of the num¬ 
ber of receivers capable of picking up the transmissions from the 
United States varied from 10,000 to 2,000,000. 

A dispatch to the New York Times from Moscow read: 

’’The United States Embassy’s recent press release announc¬ 
ing the new program, has not been printed in the Moscow press. Most 
of the Russians whc listened did so as a result of word-of-mouth 
information passed on by employees of the United States Embassy. It 
is impossible to say how many heard the broadcast. The Soviet-made 
pioneer radio set can pick up the broadcast, but it has been esti¬ 
mated that about one in 1,000 Russians has this type of set. It is 
cheaper and easier in Moscow to plug in on an apartment house line 
and get the Moscow radio twenty-four hours a day. 

An estimate credited to the State Department is that there 
are anywhere from 100,000 to several hundred thousand short-wave 
receivers in Russia today. These include sets which were impounded 
by the Soviet Government during the war and since have been returned 
and receivers liberated by Red Army troops in Eastern Europe. In 
addition, the Moscow radio announced last Fall that 325,000 new sets 
would be distributed in the Soviet Union by the end of 1946, and the 
current Five-Year Plan calls for the production of 925,000 sets a 

Probably the biggest black-eye the program has had was 
from Eddy Gilmore, head of the Moscow Bureau of the Associated press 
Received here Tuesday (February 25) and thus the latest work on the 
subject, Mr. Gilmore cabled: 

"The ’Voice of America’, the radio broadcast beamed to 
Russia by the United States State Department via Munich, appeared 
today (Feb. 24) to be yelling itself hoarse across the windy steppes 
with little effect. 

"A number of Russians, interviewed after the first week of 
operation expressed these opinions: 

1. Receotion is very poor. 

2. The orograms are too highbrow. 

3. There is considerable amateurishness. 

4. The broadcasts are dull and uninteresting at times. 

5. They do not sound American. 



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’’Such Russians as have heard the program must be very 
few, because the broadcasts are so difficult to pick up. There is 
a great amount of interference and the program fades badly. 

"This correspondent has found about 25 Russians who have 
heard the program. All said the broadcasts were not of general 
interest to the Russian public." 

A previous dispatch from Moscow indicated the American 
program had gotten off to a poor start: 

"It was a bad night for radio, atmospherically. All 
short-wave reception was poor. In addition, other stations - par¬ 
ticularly French transmitter and a Russian one - blanked out the 
American broadcast occasionally, 

"It is impossible to say definitely how many Russians 
listened to the broadcast, but from the quality of the reception 
and the lack of announcement in advance, this correspondent would 
guess that only the smallest percentage of Moscow residents heard 
it.* * * 

"Such Soviet citizens as heard the initial program were 
those who had foreign friends to tell them of it, or those who hap¬ 
pened to tune in by chance. A number of these pronounced the pro¬ 
gram generally interesting. Others criticized it either as too 
highbrow or too amateurish," 

Signing himself "A Maine Republican", a reader wrote the 
Washington Post: 

"The Associated Press Monday announced that the first bro¬ 
adcast beamed to the Soviet Union by the State Department 'presented 
a 2000-word dissertation on "States' rights" and a summary of world 
news interspersed with such tolk tunes as 'Turkey in the Straw' and 
'Git Along Little Dogie'.' How many Russians stopped to listen to 
2000 words on "States' rights" we do not know - but we can guess. 

We also can guess that they were impressed by 'Hit Along Little 
Dogie' - and how. 

"Is it not high time to put an end to this childish pro¬ 
paganda? Aside from the fact that no form of public appeal is so 
unconvincing as official propaganda, what earthly difference can it 
make to our relations with the Russians to inform them at the cost 
of some millions that the .American States 'are healthy organisms 
created by historical forces'? Or that we have found'a new cure for 
hay fever' ? 


"In his budget recommendations the President gives the 
actual expenditures of the State Department in 1946 as 81 millions, 
he estimates them for 1-47 at 140 millions, and for 1948 at 173 
millions. The figures seem fantastic, but they could be cut down a 
little by suppressing entirely the cultural and propaganda nonsense." 

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An article getting after the British Broadcasting Corpor¬ 
ation appeared in the Russian magazine Culture and Life at the 
close of the first American broadcasts to Russia but didn't mention 
the latter. It was written by Eugenie Tarle, Soviet historian, and 
said the British propagandists could save themselves a lot of effort 
by sticking to informative items and dropping "their free course in 
education when broadcasting to Russia. 

Professor Tarle said that Russian broadcasts from Britain 
deliberately juggled facts and transmitted "agitative, poisonous 
and slanderous items" in an effort to mislead the Soviet people. 

"The British Broadcasting Corporation lends assistance to 
war incendiaries and reflects a spirit that is unfriendly toward the 
Soviet Union", the historian wrote. 



Daylight saving time for Washington this year was killed 
by a vote of 210-124 in the House. 

Senate District Chairman C. Douglass Buck (R. , Del.) said 
the vote had thrown the daylight saving plan "out the window". He 
said his Committee will probably drop the measure, too and individu¬ 
al Senators gave the impression that daylight saving time this year 
was dead. The Senate District Committee, after a roll of members, 
decided to postpone decision for an indefinite period. 

House District Chairman Everett Dirksen (R. , Ill.), who 
led the House fight for approval od daylight saving time here, inter¬ 
preted the vote this way. 

"Folks in the District are not sufficient to overwhelm the 
farmers, even though the farmers are not affected by daylight saving 
t i me he re. " 

His interpretation referred to these two facts: 

1. A majority of Washington residents wanted daylight 
saving time, according to a poll by the Washington Post cited by 
Dirksen during debate. 

2. Representative Howard W. Smith (D. , Va. ) and other 
House members from New York, California, Arkansas, and Minnesota 
protested that daylight saving time hurts the farmers. 

On the final roll call, 85 Republicans and 39 Democrats 
voted for daylight saving time in Washington. Voting against the 
plan were 110 Republicans and 100 Democrats. 

The vote came not on a plan to establish daylight saving 
time for the District every Summer, but on a proposal to try it this 
Summer only. The one-year trial was proposed by Representative 
Dirksen after Representative Smith had announced he would seek this 


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Station management of WCCO-CBS, Minneapolis-St. Pa.ul, 
hosted members of the Minnesota delegation in Congress in Washington 
last week, to offer CBS and station facilities to the legislators 
for radio reports to the voters of the State. 

Addressing the delegation at the dinner, WCCO General 
Manager A. E. Joscelyn declared: 

"WCCO is the only radio station which covers the entire 
State of Minnesota. This coverage gives the station a terrific 
responsibility to its listeners. We at WCCO are convinced that this 
responsibility obliges us to ask our Representatives in Congress for 
suggestions and improvements on our service to provide the citizens 
of Minnesota with the most complete and direct information oossible 
on the activities of our Minnesota representatives in Congress. We 
therefore wish to offer the CBS newsroom and facilities in Washing¬ 
ton as a liaison between the Minnesota delegation and their constit¬ 
uents. " 

The first Northwest radio station to offer such a service, 
WCCO and CBS executives at the meeting reported the Congressmen 
gave unqualified approval to the proposal. 

Plans were made at the meeting for a weekly round table of 
opinion by the legislators to be transcribed at the Capitol for broad¬ 
cast over WCCO. Teletype facilities from the CBS Washington News 
Bureau to WCCO will be utilized as part of the news service for ex¬ 
pression of legislative opinion on WCCO news shews, Mr. Joscelyn said. 

Among those present at the dinner besides Mr. Joscelyn 
were Senator Edward J, Thye; Representatives 4. A. Andresen, G. 
MacKinnon, W. H. Judd, H. Knutson and J, A. 31atnik; Earl H. Gammons, 
CBS Vice-President and Eric Sevareid, Chief of the CBS Washington 
News Bureau. 



If a long-established ra.dio manufacturer is able to main- 
tain^its recently announced 20 per cent reduction on a table model 
set for any length of time" other well-known manufacturers will 
have to follow suit, a wholesale spokesman said to the New York Times 
Tuesday. He indicated, however, that such suppliers feel that the 
move may be a "merchandising stunt" by the organization in question 
and will not be permanent. W T holesalers state that this explains 
failure of other quality producers to notify them of oossible reduc¬ 

(Editor’s Note: This evidently refers to the reduction from 
$49.95 to $39.95 in its portable radio model announced last week by 
the Emerson Radio and phonograoh Corooration.) 



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The building of the highest structure in the world at Des 
Moines, Iowa, to carry frequency modulation radio programs to a 
great Midwest audience is incorporated in plans revealed in Wash¬ 
ington yesterday ('Tuesday, February 25) by T.A.M. Craven, Vice- 
President of the Cowles Broadcasting Company. 

Commander Craven disclosed that an application had been 
filed with the Federal Communications Commission for approval to 
construct an FM tower 1530 feet high for Station KRNT-FM. 

The tower, reaching more than a quarter of a mile into 
the shy would be higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the 
Empire State Building in New York City. It would be longer than 
the span of the Brooklyn Bridge or the length of the liners QUEEN 
MARY and QUEEN ELIZABETH - all under 1500 feet. 

The FCC has already authorized KRNT-FM to broadcast with 
the power of 157,000 watts. The extra height of the proposed tower 
would increase the normal coverage and bring to a much larger rural 
and town audience the advantages of FM service. Cowles engineers 
have indicated that KRNT-FM, when put in operation, will carry noise- 
free, high fidelity FM programs to listeners within a radius of more 
than 100 miles from Des Moines. Whis would give the Dowles Broad¬ 
casting Company’s Des Moines station much greater coverage than the 
average FM station in this country not located on a high mountain. 

The Des Moines FM station will service Midwest FIJI set 
owners from Des Moines to the north boundary of Iowa and for some 
distance beyond the south boundary of the State. 

The new KRNT-FM studios will be built in the KRNT Ra.dio 
Theater, a Cowles property in Des Moines, housing America's largest 
legitimate theater. New studios for KRNT (AM) are also planned for 
this building. Present KRNT studios occupy two floors of the 
Register and Tribune Building. 

This concentration of radio (AM and FM) studios and theat¬ 
er activities - with television a possible later development - is in 
line with plans of the Cowles Broadcasting Company to develop its 
Des Moines entertainment enterprises into "radio center" proportions 
for Iowans. 

The proposed KRNT-FM tower is the highest radio tower con¬ 
struction since WNAX, the Cowles AM station in Yankton, South Dakota, 
erected a 927 foot antenna in 1943. The Yankton tower attracted 
national attention when it was dedicated as "the world's tallest" to 
the "Typical Midwest Farmer", wnose efforts in raising food assisted 
materially in winning World War II. 



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Release Date - Thursday, P.M. , Feb. 27 


The first television receivers to be introduced in the 
Los Angeles area in substantial quantities will be offered to the 
public Monday, March 10th, it was revealed at a two-day series of 
dealer meetings concluded today (February 27) in Los Angeles by 
executives of the RCA Victor Division of the Radio Corporation of 
America and the Leo J. Meyberg Company, RCA Victor distributor in 
that region. 

Several carloads of RCA Victor television receivers will 
arrive there for ,r T ,! (Television)-Day, on which sale of the receiv¬ 
ers in Los Angeles will be initiated Monday, March 10th. 

To demonstrate the receivers, special broadcasts from the 
Paramount Pictures television station, KTLA, were presented for 
these meetings. The two models shown at the sessions, which will 
be the first placed on sale in Los Angeles, are table model RCA 
Victor receivers, both of which are capable of receiving programs 
on all 13 channels allocated to television by the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission. 

These sets feature the RCA Victor Eye Witness Picture 
Synchronizer - a new scientific development in television receiver 
design which locks the receiver in tune with the sending station 
and greatly increases the steadiness of the pictures. One of the 
table models to be offered March 10 has a picture area of 23 square 
inches. The other presents a picture 52 square inches in size. 

The former is priced at $250 in walnut and $260 in blonde, 
the latter is $375 in walnut finish. These prices are exclusive of 
the company’s Television Owner's policy which covers cost of antenna 
and installation of receiver and antenna plus a year's service and 
maintenance of the sets. This policy is offered with the receiver 
for a flat nominal fee. 

Two other television receivers to be introduced to this 
market later in 1947 were also shown to the dealers. One of these 
is a complete home entertainment unit which incorporates a 52 square 
inch television screen with standard broadcast, FM, and international 
snort wave radio, and a Victrola phonograph. The latter features an 
automatic record changer capable of handling uo to 12 records and a 
silent Sapphire tone arm with a permanent playing point. This con¬ 
sole also has generous record storage space. The other, which also 
includes 3-band radio reception, presents a television oicture 300 
square inches in size - almost as large as a newspaper page. 



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Charles E. Denny, Chairman of the Federal Communications 
Commission, will be the principal speaker at the annual banquet of 
the Institute of Radio Engineers 1947 National Convention, to be 
held in New York from next Monday until the following Thursday, 

March 3-6. The banquet will be Wednesday evening in the grand ball¬ 
room of the Hotel Commodore. 

Frederick R. Lac£, Vice-president of Western Electric Co. 
will act as tosstmaster. The 1947 Institute Medal of Honor, the 
1947 and the deferred 1947 Morris Liebman Memorial Prizes, the 1947 
Browder J. Thompson Memorial Award, and Fellowshios given by the 
Institute will be announced at the banquet. 

On Tuesday, the president's luncheon will honor the incom¬ 
ing 1947 president of the Institute, Dr. W. R. G-. Baker, Vice-Presi¬ 
dent in Charge of Research of General Electric Co. Dr. Baker will 
be introduced by Dr. Frederick 3. Llewellyn of Bell Telephone Labor¬ 
atories, toastmaster and retiring 1946 President of the I.R.E. Vice- 
Admiral Charles A. Lockwood will be the guest sneaker at the luncheon. 

Also Dresent at the President's luncheon will be the newly 
elected members of the Board of Directors of the Institute - J. E. 
Brown, Assistant Vice-President and Chief Engineer of Zenith Radio 
Corooration; F. R. Lack, Vice-President of Western Electric Co.; 

J. R. Poppele, Vice-President and Secretary of Bamberger Broadcast¬ 
ing Service end D. B. Smith, Director of Research of Philco Corp. 



"We have always recognized as a primary responsibility 
the dedication of radio to national unity, understanding, and har¬ 
mony among all groups of American people", Frank Stanton, President 
of the Columbia Broadcasting System, "declared last Saturday. 

His talk was part of a special CBS broadcast on which the 
American Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians 
and Jews, given annually for the best single network program on hum¬ 
an relations, was awarded for 1946 to Columbia network's "Assignment 
Home" drama, "The Biggest Crime". 



The broadcasting stations of 74 countries as well as the 
long and medium wave stations of every country in Europe, are de¬ 
tailed in a new booklet "Broadcasting Stations of the World", pub- 
lisned by Iliffe & Sons, Ltd. (Price Is Od. net. ) mpe booklet 
gives the frequencies, wavelengths, powers of over 1000 stations, 
classifying them both in order of frequency and geographically. 

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Judging from his pest progress in civic affairs, a man 
liable to follow in the footsteps of Eric Johnston (who was also a 
Zenith distributor) as President of the Chamber of Commerce of the 
United States is Edgar Morris, Zenith ra.dio distributor of Wash¬ 
ington, D. C. He has just been nominated to reoresent the Third 
Regional District as a Director of the Chamber of Commerce of the 
United States. The presidency is several rungs up the ladder but 
if Mr. Morris, who is already serving as National Councillor of 
the National Chamber, is elected a Director, as seems very likely 
at this writing, it should not take him long to reach the top if he 
keeps up his present pace. 

One of Washington's outstanding successful business men, 
he has held virtually every office in the Washington Board of 
Trade, up to and including the presidency in 1936. Since that 
time he has been Chairman of the Greater National Caoital Committee - 
one of the largest and most successful convention and tourist bur¬ 
eaus in the United States, 

Mr. Morris has also served as a Director of the Southern 
Gas Association, president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, a 
Trustee of American University, Chairman of the United States Jury 
Commission, a member of the Tax Advisory Committee for the District 
of Columbia and the Citizens' Efficiency Committee for the District 
of Columbia. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Public Wel¬ 
fare of the District of Columbia. He is likewise Vice-President 
of the Security Finance Corporation, a Director of the Mutual Fire 
Insurance Company, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Ameri¬ 
can Security and Trust Company. 

Mr. Morris' petition for nomination has been endorsed by 
the following: 

Admiral Emory S. Land, President Air Transport Associa¬ 
tion of America; Robert W. McChesney, President, National Electrical 
Contractors' Association; John A. Logan, President, National Associ¬ 
ation of Food Chains; Granville Gude, President, Society of American 
Florists and Horticulturists end numerous others. 

Likewise his nomination has been approved by the head of 
every important commercial organization in Washington and by these 
officials from his native State of South Carolina: 

James M. Hagood, President, Chamber of Commerce of Charles¬ 
ton; Henry F. Jumper, President, Chamber of Commerce of Columbia; 
William W. Pate, President, Chamber of Commerce of Greenville, and 
Asnley C. Tobias, President, Organized Business, Columbia. 

Mr. Morris came into the world-wide spotlight in connec¬ 
tion with the International Children's Christmas Broadcasts sponsor¬ 
ed by the Greater National Capital Committee of which he is Chair¬ 


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Participants of the broadcast are children from the 
Embassies and Legations in Washington who extend Christmas greet¬ 
ings to the children of the Uhited States from the children of their 
homeland. In many instances, the representative of a country is 
the son or daughter of its Ambassador or Minister which always 
insures a large turnout of the Diplomatic Corps. 

The United States is always represented by a child of a 
high ranking Government official. Jimmy, son of the Secretary of 
the Interior and Mrs. Julius A. Krug, extended greetings to the 
children of the world on behalf of the children of the United States 
during the 1946 program. 

To add to the colorful setting for the broadcast, the 
participants are dressed in the costume of their country and the 
scene is always enlivened by the U. S. Marine Eand under Capt. 

William Santelmann playing Christmas songs of all nations. 

For the first time last year the International Christmas 
broadcast was televised in addition to being carried over an ABC 
coast-to-coast network and short-waved to foreign countries. 

The Third Regional District for which Mr. Morris is nom¬ 
inated includes Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina 
and the District of Columbia. The outcome of the election is being 
watched with particular interest in view of the fact that the Dir¬ 
ector representing the Third District has not come from the Washing¬ 
ton area in more than ten years. 



The War Assets Administration announced last week the sale 
of two radio receiving-tube plants. One, located at Bowling Green, 
Ky., was sold to the Electra Voice Corooration for $781,000. The 
otner, located at ^ell City, Ind. , was sold to General Electric 
Corporation for $851,000. 

The Bowling Green plant cost the Government about 
$1,061,481; the Tell City plant about $1,052,585. Both were oper¬ 
ated during the war by General Electric. 

Both purchase prices were the highest offers received. In 
tne Bowling Green transaction, consideration wss given to the small 
business position of Electra Voice, while in the Tell City sale, the 
fact that 1,000 persons are employed at ’’feeder 1 ’ plants wholly owned 
by General Electric was given prime consideration. The two proper¬ 
ties were the only receiving-tube plants in which the fabricating 
machinery and equipment was also owned by the Government and both 
will continue to be used to produce this item. 



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The Eoard of War Communications, having concluded its 
task of coordinating the nation's civilian radio, telegraph, tele- 
pxione and cable facilities for their most efficient use in the 
prosecution of the war and in the national security, was abolished 
this week by Executive Order of the president. Simultaneously, it 
cancelled its remaining orders and instructions and issued the fol¬ 
lowing statement of appreciation for cooperation in its wartime 

"American communications constituted a vital and mighty 
weapon of war. 

"The mission of the Board of War Communications was to 
coordinate the nation's far-flung communications resources so that 
this weapon could be forged into its maximum effectiveness. 

"In accomolishing this mission, the Board has had the 
all-out cooperation of industry, labor and the government agencies 
involved. While the Board had broad powers to commandeer communi¬ 
cations facilities for the war effort and the public safety, we are 
glad to state that such action was necessary in only one relatively 
minor instance. 

"The American genius for teamwork, initiative and fair 
play shone brighter in no other field of wartime endeavor. 

"The Board hereby expresses its appreciation to all the 
industries, the labor unions, and the Government agencies who ren¬ 
dered such ready cooperation, and to the many individuals who gave 
unstintingly of their time and energies on the various committees . n 

The Eoard was originally created as the Defense Communi¬ 
cations Board by Executive Order on September 24, 1940, to serve 
basically as a planning agency in connection with the nation*s 
rapidly growing defense program. It was established to determine, 
coordinate and prepare plans for the national defense "for and dur¬ 
ing any national emergency". These plans were to cover the needs of 
the armed forces, of other governmental agencies, and of industry. 

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission 
was named Chairman of the Board. Other members were the Chief 
Signal Officer of the Army, the Chief of Naval Communications, the 
Assistant Secretary of State in charge of the Division of Inter¬ 
national Communications, and the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. 

Three days after Pearl Harbor - on December 10, 1941 - 
the President delegated to the Board his wartime powers relating to 
radio communications. The new Executive Order recited that Section 
606 of the Communications Act authorized the President in case of 
war to close any radio station, remove its apparatus and equipment, 
to order its use by any agency of the Government, to direct prefer¬ 
ence and priority for communications essential to the national 
defense. The Board subsequently became the Board of War Communica¬ 


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Recently the preparatory committee for the forthcoming 
International Telecommunications Conference, under the sponsorship 
of the Department of State, reviewed the frequency service-alloca¬ 
tion proposal of the United States for the entire spectrum, 10 kilo¬ 
cycles to 30,000 megacycles, and effected certain modifications in 
the proposal. These may be summarized as follows: 

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A band has been added for the navigational service, 
between 10 and 14 kc. 

Coastal telegraph stations are permitted in the band 
14-100 kc. 

An appropriate remark has been inserted opposite the band 
*200-280 kc. to indicate that the U.S. intends this 

The lorsifahocatn f< feetween n §8$fc S . has been 

to indicate the regional nature of loran in 
'anyg^vena.rea, and to indicate the degree of sharing 
which may be possible on a non-interference basis to 


An appropriate note has been inserted following the fre¬ 
quency 4000 kc. to indicate the intention of the United 
States with respect to tropical broadcasting. 

The aeronautical mobile route band 16,490-16,540 kc. has 
been snifted to 15,300-15,350 kc. 

The aeronautical mobile route band 17,980-18,040 kc. has 
been made available for sharing by the aeronautical 
fixed service. 

An additional high frequency broadcasting band has been 

added at the request of the Department of State between 
25,600 and 26,100 kc. 

The bend 27,185-27,455 kc has been widened to 27,160- 

27,480 kc., to be primarily for the use of the indust¬ 
rial, scientific and medical service, with sharing per¬ 
mitted by the amateur, fixed and mobile services. 

The power limitation in the band 29.7-30 Me has been 
eliminate d. 

The Commission^ recent announcement regarding the fre¬ 
quency 2450 Me for the use of the industrial, scientif¬ 
ic and medical service has been appropriately incorpor¬ 

ate d. 

Some slight adjustments were made in the high frequency 
maritime mobile service-allocations as follows: 

(a) Tne 4 Me band now starts at 4133 kc rather than 

4135 kc, and the starting points at 6, 8, 12 and 
16 Me have been adjusted accordingly. The 2 Me 
ship telegraph band was shifted to 2065-2105 kc. 

(b) The ship telegraph bands have been widened by 20 

kc at 4 Me and pro rata according to the harmon¬ 
ic relationship previously established for the 
ship telegraph bands at 6, 8, 12 and 16 Me. 


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12. (c) The 4 Me coastal telegraph band has been reduced 

by 40 kc* 

(d) The 4 Me ship telephone band and its associated 

coastal telephone band have each been reduced by 
5 kc. 

(e) 8350 kc was selected for the ultimate air-sea rescue 


The Federal Communications Commission has indicated its 
approval of the foregoing changes to the Department of State and 
has been advised that the United States expects to transmit its 
proposal for frequency service-allocations to the Bureau of the 
International Telecommunications Union for circulation to the member 
states of that body in the immediate future. 

Any statements or comments which any person may wish to 
submit to the Commission with respect to these changes will be exam¬ 
ined and given due consideration. The Commission is, of course, 
continuing its study of all the problems involved in the frequency 
allocations to the various services. 



After more than the usual bluster during which all kinds 
if charges were made, Parliament has again voted the British Broad¬ 
casting Corporation its $16,000,000 subsidy. Some members of Parlia¬ 
ment accused the BBC of Socialistic bias and alleged that members 
of its staff were being bribed to plug popular songs. 

Mrs. Jean Mann, a Laborite from Coatbridge, started the 
attack by accusing "Itma", a comedy-variety show that has more lis¬ 
teners than any other 3BC program, of insulting Scotswomen. 

’’This program has a Scots girl who is supposed to be fall¬ 
ing off her head for that little twerp called 'Itma*, H Mrs. Mann 
said. "In my generation no Scotswoman would have looked at him twice 

Walter Elliott, a Conservative, then complained that for 
40 days and 40 nights "BBC rains Bing Crosby on the heads of the 
people. " 



Newspaper circulation rose 5.2 per cent over 1945 to a 
record high of 50,927,500 in 1946. 

The Editor and publisher reported the morning dailies had 
an increase of 6.7 per cent to a total of 20,545,908. Afternoon 
dailies jumped their circulation 4.2 per cent to the total of 
30,381,597/ The greatest gain- 9.5 per cent - was shown by Sunday 
newspapers, which reached a circulation of 43,665,364. 

Publication of 28 new newspapers and the suspension of 14 
established dailies left a gain of 14 for the year. At the end of 
1946 there were 1763 United States dailies, of which 334 were morn¬ 
ing papers and 1429 were evening papers. 


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TV Require s New Political T ech nique - " A Man W ho" Is Out 

"[Larry Wolters in """Chicago Tril5une ir 7 

Chicago’s television audience got a. preview of what tele¬ 
vision may do to politics when Aid, Moss (5th) appeared before 
WBKB's cameras. This was the first politically sponsored telecast 
in Illinois 

If the 5th ward is average, it has only around 20 tele¬ 
vision receivers (since about 1,000 have been distributed in Chic¬ 
ago), so the outcome of Moss’ campaign for reelection probably does 
not hinge on his television appeal. But as a political experiment - 
a precursor of other such ventures that must inevitably follow - 
the technique he employed is worth examining. 

Televiewers found themselves meeting Moss and Bob Elson, 
comfortably ensconced in easy chairs opposite each other in front of 
a fireplace. It was easy to imagine that Moss had dropped in for a 
call on you. Elson asked questions; Moss answered them informally 
and without any recourse to a script or figures. * * * * 

They conversed in a completely natural manner about hous¬ 
ing, schools, ward improvements, city finances, and other issues.*** 
Moss talked about his youth and long residence in the war. Unlike 
so many television speakers, he was completely at ease before the 
cameras. His appearance was good - and that is something that can't 
be said of ell politicians. * * # 

Clearly the day is fading when a political spokesman may 
introduce his candidate with "a man who - " and then let him unleash 
a blast of oratory. That just won't do in television. Others will 
be braving this new medium. We shall watch their approach to the 
camera with interest. It will have to be good to beat Moss' pioneer 
e ffort. 

It Even Had Marconi Guessing 
(Bart Hodges in "Washington Post") 

"In the days before the recent war I used to visit the 
late Guglielmo Marconi and often witnessed the experiments in which 
he was engaged", said David Sarnoff, of the Radio Corporation of 
America. "On my last visit, the great inventor of radio was experi¬ 
menting with short waves, endeavoring to perfect wireless communica¬ 
tion with Australia from the English Channel. 

"I couldn't be of much help as a scientist, but I was a 
little useful just as an operator. I'd sit at the huge set.Marconi 
had constructed on his yacht and communicate with stations in 

"On one occasion he worked until five in the morning. 
Leaving the laboratory to retire, Marconi paused and stared fixedly 
at the radio set. Then he turned to me and said, 'David, there's 
one thing I'd like to know about radio before I die.' 

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rt Heavy with sleep though they were, my eyes popped. 

* There 1 s something about radio you don’t know.'’ I gasped. 1 What 
could that be?’ 

"Marconi again looked at his set. After a moment he 
said, ’Why does it work?’ ” 

Soviet Radio Being F o rced Into Ideological Dog House 

( Drew Middleton - ’’New York Time s") 

Culture and Life, organ of agitation of the Propaganda 
Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party rapped 
Soviet radio for its monotonous music, dry language and average per¬ 

The Radio Committee that heads the Soviet system was urged 
to eliminate "weak" ideological works and to remember that radio is 
an important means for the ideological education of the workers. 

Sixty per cent of radio time is devoted to music; 8.6 per 
cent to literature; 19,4 per cent to politics and science, and 7.9 
per cent to children. What happens in the remaining 4.1 per cent of 
the time Mr. Puznin, Chairman of the Radio Committee, doesn’t men¬ 
tion, but it isn't taken up by commercial plugs. 

The Radio Committee has been instructed to eliminate cer¬ 
tain defects in broadcasting. Special attention is to be paid to 
illuminating the economic, political and cultural life of the Soviet 
Union, to propaganda for the Five Year Plan, to reports of Labor’s 
heroism and to insistence on the tenacity of the Soviet people in 
surmounting the difficulties of the post-war period. Besides, it 
will popularize the methods of the best collective farms and indus¬ 
trial plants that have overfulfilled their production quotas. 

Thus, radio, youngest of the informative arts, will follow 
the press and theatre along the path laid down by the Central Com¬ 
mittee toward a 100 per cent ideological content. 

Holds Televi si on Better Than Madison Sq u are Garden Seat 

TRobert D. Levitt in "Tide") - 

It may be argued that there will always be enough sports 
and theatre fans to fill up the seats. But, particularly in sports, 
television is actually better than a seat in the Yankee Stadium or 
Madison Square Garden. It would be hard to convince anyone who saw 
the recent Louis-Conn fight televised that he should spend $50 a 
seat to get to the event. 


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J. Leonard Reinsch, president Truman’s radio advisor, and 
Manager of former Governor Cox's broadcasting stations, will acom- 
pany Mr. Truman to Mexico and possibly to the Caribbean, 

The Farnsworth Television & Radio Corporation has announc¬ 
ed production of two new FM-AM phonograph-radios, Models GK-102 and 
GX-141. First shipments will begin reaching distributors and deal¬ 
ers in March. 

According to E. H. Vogel, Farnsworth Vice-President in 
Charge of Sales, production is expected to increase steadily during 
the next few months, and additional FM-AM phonograph-radio models 
will be introduced by Summer. 

Directors of Station WJR, Detroit, have voted payment of 
a quarterly dividend of twenty-five cents per share oayable March 7, 
1947, to stockholders of record February 27, 1947. 

Gordon Music Company was expelled from the American 
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on the recommendation 
of the Society’s Complaint Committee. 

The Complaint was based uoon the use of the name and seal 
of the Society, in soliciting funds from amateur song writers in 
connection with the music publishing business of the Gordon Music 
Company, of Los Angeles. 

A warning against such practices was sent by John G. 

Paine, General Manager to the Society's membershio, last November. 

Marc Leeds Seventy Shop, Chicago, florists, have signed a 
year’s contract for a 15-minute, weekly program on WGN3, Chicago, 
WGN's FM station. 

The Madison, Wis. Fire Department is installing its own 
three-way FM radio system on a waveband separate from policy. The 
system is said to be one of the first in which firemen operate three- 
way radio independently of local police or other radio wavelengths. 

It permits communications not only between station and mobile units 
in the field, but between mobile units and the headquarters station. 

The Federal Communications Commission has 1400 employees 
now as against a pre-war of 600. 

Washington broadcasting stations came to the rescue when 
breaks in the natural gas line resulted in a critical situation dur¬ 
ing a snowstorm period in Washington, D.C. over the Washington’s 
Birthday week-end. As soon as the facts were known, announcements 
were broadcast urging curtailment in tne use of gas resulting in an 
immediate response on the part of the public. 

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Despite protests by four citizens’ groups, the District 
Commissioners Tuesday approved unanimously a waiver of zoning regu¬ 
lations to permit construction of a 310-foot radio tower in the 
Chillum Heights area of Washington, D. C. 

Richard Eaton, formerly of WWDC, Washington, said he plan¬ 
ned to begin work immediately on the tower, which will serve the 
new 1000-watt Station WOOK. Arrangements have been completed for 
the station’s main studios at Silver Spring, Md. end Washington 
studios in Hotel 2400. 

Broadcasts from the station will begin within a week after 
tne tower is completed, Mr. Eaton estimated. "We hope to be on the 
air by the last of March or the first of April." 

Prominent in the almanacs now being distributed by WG-N, 
Cnicago, is a quotation from an address by Col. Robert R. McCormick 
on a Theater of the Air broadcast last Fall: "American radio be¬ 
longs to the American public, and we consider it a sacred trust, " 

The Federal Communication Commission figures that 
21,000,000 Americans are still not being satisfactorily served by 
the present standard broadcast stations. 

ABC's executive television producer, Harvey Marlowe, 
will address the Annual Radio Conference at the University of 
Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., this week. He will discuss "Production 
Problems In Television". 

Sales Aid Catalogs on RCA, RCA Victor, and Cunningham 
tube brands, designed to give distributors and their dealer and 
servicemen customers a concise summary of the range of tube promo¬ 
tional material have been released to distributors. 

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized the 
total construction of 16,500 miles of coaxial cable capable of carry- 
int television programs. 

Expansion in the broadcast services as shown at the fiscal 
year's end, according to the FCC: 

Standard: 961 existing stations, 254 construction permits 
issued, 659 applications pending; frequency modulation (FM)f 55 
existing stations, 456 construction permits or conditional grants 
issued, 250 applications pending; television: 6 existing stations, 

24 construction permits issued, 40 applications pending. 

Since the close of the war, more than 200,000 applications 
covering 40 categories of radio service have been received, and near¬ 
ly 200,000 authorizations issued. The result is that, at the close 
of the calendar year 1946, the total number of licensees and per¬ 
mittees was nearing 530,000. 


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McCormick Champions FM; Puts Kibosh On Studio Audiences....... *.. 1 

CPA Predicts Increased Radio-Re cord, TV Set'Production. .....8 

WB3M Wins Willkle Award; First Presidential Presentation........3 

Trammell Sees Coast-To-Coast TV Soon; Coax Cable Rushed...4 

Me Cosher* s plans As Yet Unannounced; With WOR 23 Years..5 

Commentators Join Press At White House Writers* Dinner... ,6 

Would Not Allow Subversives To Turn Radio Against U. 3.6 

Pioneering Of WLW’s Past 25 Years Called Future Blueprint.7 

Admonishes Broadcasters And Radio Manufacturers... ...6 

Regarding Antennas For FM Sets...11 

Milwaukee Joins ^he Television Procession....... 12 

RC4 Installs Powerful Transmitter For Station XERF*in*Mexicol! IIS 

Scissors And Paste. - . . . 13 

Trade Notes..... 15 

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March 5, 1947 


The first owner of a major standard broadcasting station 
to come out for FM, Col. Robert R. McCormick, editor and publisher 
of the C hicago Tribun e, declared in an address over WGN that a new 
era is opening up in radio - the era of frequency modulation. 

Colonel McCormick spoke on a special program titled ’’The FM Miracle” 
presented by WGN as a salute to WGN’s FM station, WGNB, which is 
beginning a greatly expanded program operation. WGNB henceforth 
will be on the air from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M., an extension of five 
hours daily. 

Colonel McCormick, who more and more seems to be taking 
the lead in radio matters, set another precedent last week in 
abandoning the huge studio audience which WGN has built up in the 
"Chicago Theatre of the Air" to enable the station to give a better 
broadcast to the outside listeners. It was explained that WGN 1 s 
technical and production staffs have maintained that by eliminating 
the public address system necessary for studio audience, they will 
be able to arrange new microphone setups doing full justice to the 
great symphony orchestra, chorus, and soloists. 

With regard to FM, Colonel McCormick said: 

"Less than 30 years ago radio began in this country as a 
scattered group of local stations. Each of these stations produced 
its own programs and depended, almost exclusively, on local talent. 
In a little over 20 years those plans have been abandoned. Station 
independence has been virtually forfeited. In most stations vir¬ 
tually all origination has been abandoned and programs piped in from 
New York. 

"Our creed at WGN and WGNB has always been that a sta¬ 
tion's first duty is to its own community. Chicago is too large a 
city to become a flag stop. WGN and WGNB will continue to produce 
their own programs. 

"Standard or AM broadcasting stations in the United States 
have ranges extending into hundreds of miles. Now a new era is 
opening up - the era of frequency modulation. 1 AM transmission and 
FM transmission overlap. FM is best for local use, but only AM 
extends well beyond the city limits. The combination of the two 
will give the greatest service to the public possible in radio. It 
should not be prevented either by selfish political or selfish 
personal reasons. 

"From a practical standpoint, the same programs from the 
same ownership should go out over both AM and FM. In that way city 
residents will hear their programs free of static, while people liv¬ 
ing farther away will still have the benefit of the best programs 
procurable. " 

An explanation of what FM is, how it was developed and 
what it is expected to mean to the listening public was told in a 
dramatic presentation titled "The Saga of FM". 


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The cast included Norman Gottschalk as Marconi; Burr Lee 
as Maj. Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of BA; Carl Kroenke, as a 
scientist who said '’it couldn’t be done”, and Hope Summers as a 
typical announcer. 

On the morning of the broadcast, Larry Wolters, Radio 
Editor of the Tribune, called attention to it as follows: 

"We receive many inquiries asking: ’How can we get WGNB 
on our radio?’ WGNB is WON’s sister BA (frequency modulation sta¬ 
tion) and no one can hear it without an BA band on his radio. Most 
radios don’t have these, but more BA sets coming on the market every 

’’Every one, who is in doubt or puzzled by or curious about 
BA, might well listen to WGN from 7:30 to 8 tonight. At this 
time WGN, a standard station which can be heard on any radio, will 
endeavor to explain through drama, narrative, and music ’The FM 
Miracle.' " 

The ’’Chicago Theatre of the Air” which henceforth will 
be broadcast without studio guests, was started in May 1940. It 
has played to studio audiences totaling more than 1,300,000. Future 
broadcasts will come from WON studios. An exception will be made on 
March 22, when the show will be aired from Medinah temple as a 
feature of the Jewel Tea company’s 15th anniversary party. 

"We're sorry to abandon our studio audience policy”, said 
Henry Weber, musical director of WGN and the Theater of the Air, 

"but we believe by so doing we can add enjoyment to all listening 
at home. 

"Let’s look at it objectively. In Medinah temple, where 
we have been holding the ’Theatre of the Air’ broadcasts, we can 
accommodate 4,500 people; our WGN studio-theater seats around 600* 
Contrast either of these figures with the millions of WGN and Mutual 
network listeners who will benefit from our new, improved broadcast¬ 
ing technique. Out of this experiment in new pickup techniques we 
undoubtedly will gain information useful to the entire radio 
industry. ” 



Radio manufacturers are expected to gear their production 
to increased output of combination or radio-record player models 
and television sets, according to the Civilian Production Admin¬ 
istration 1947 production Outlook. Production of table sets has 
already reached a record monthly rate almost twice the average of 
1940-1941, and current demand is now apparently being met. In¬ 
creases in car radio production will be possible as fast as steel 
is made available for cases, mountings and parts. 




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The first time a broadcasting station has received this 
distinction and, so far as known, the first time an award to a 
radio station has been presented by the President of the United 
States, the national spotlight was turned on WBBM of Chicago last 
Friday night when that station was named in a special category in 
Washington of "Whe Wendell L. Willkie Negro Journalism Awards". 

H. Leslie Atlass, of Chicago, Vice-President of the Columbia Broad¬ 
casting System's Central Division, received the certificate from 
President Truman personally who commended the work of WBBM in co¬ 
operating with the Chicago Defender , Negro newspaper, in presenting 
a weekly program "Democracy, U.S.A." which dramatizes the lives of 
outstanding Negroes who have contributed to America's progress. 

Among the speakers at the dinner attended by Mrs. Willkie, 
her son Philio and Wilbur Forrest, President of the American 
Society of Newspaper Editors, were Associate Justice Felix Frank¬ 
furter and Frank L. Stanley, President of the Negro Publishers’ 
Association. Douglas Southall Freeman, Richmond editor, presided. 

In presenting the awards, President Truman said the Negro 
press had amply demonstrated its capability for courageous construc¬ 
tive reporting and editorial writing. 

Described as one of the most vital advancements in radio 
programming, WBBM's "Democracy, U.S.A." was pointed to as having 
grown in importance and meaning since its first broadcast on May 4, 
1946. Since that time, the program has won editorial praise through¬ 
out the nation and numerous awards, including those from the Chicago 
Mayor’s Commission on Human Relations, the National Association for 
Advancement of Colored people and the Chicago Council Against Ra.cial 
and Religious Discrimination. 

In presenting the award to WBBM and the Chicago Defender, 
the Executive Committee of the Willkie Board of Directors created a 
special category in addition to the three which cited Negro news¬ 
papermen for their work in 1946. 

Since its beginning, "Democracy, U. S.A. " has dramatized 
the lives of more than a score of Negro men and women who have made 
notable achievements in the fields of education, music, drama, 
science, government and social welfare. In the closing three min¬ 
utes of each program, the person portrayed in the radio drama is 
introduced for a short talk on race relations. Among those whose 
life sories have been heard on the nrogram have been: Paul Robeson, 
Langston Hughes, Ralph Metcalfe, Dr. Charles Wesley, Duke Ellington, 
Mrs, Emma Clarissa clement, Lionel Kamoton, Dr. Lloyd Augustus Kali 
and Joe Louis. 

Recognizing the potential role of radio as a public in¬ 
strument for the bettering of human relations and as a weapon in 
the fight against all forms of prejudice and discrimination, WBBM 
Director of Public Relations Don E. Kelley, conceived the idea for 
the program and worked it out with WBBM executives and the pub— 

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liahers of the Chicago Defende r. From a program which began as a 
humble plea for racial tolerance, the weekly series grew to an 
award-winning achievement. 

Dr. James W. Yard, Director of the National Conference 
of Christians and Jews, recently endorsed "Democracy, U. S.A. " when 
he recommended that Sunda.y school classes in the Chicago area 
devote part of their time to listening to the program which he 
called "a fine education in race relations". 

As a departure from its regular format, the program ser¬ 
ies has recently introduced special broadcasts which pay tribute to 
write men who have advanced the welfare of the Negro race. 

"Democracy, U.S.A." is heard each Sunday on WB3M, 10:30 
to 10:45 A. M., CST. 



Simultaneously with the prediction of Niles Trammell, 
President of the National Broadcasting Company that the creation 
of a coast-to-coast television network is only a few years away, 
is the news that an unusual effort is being exerted by the American 
Telephone and Telegraph Company to extend to the Pacific Coast the 
new co-axial cable which is capable of carrying television programs. 
This new coaxial is being laid over a southern route via Atlanta, 
Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Several of the intermediate sec¬ 
tions of this cable between Atlanta and Dellas are already in ser¬ 
vice and the completion of the remainder of the Atlanta-Los Angeles 
section is scheduled to be completed by the early Fall of 1947. 

Mr. Trammell, in an address marking the 25th anniversary 
of General Electric's station WGY at Schenectady, said: 

"And now, 25 years later, history is repeating itself, 
as the great new art and industry of television begins to develop 
into a nationwide service to the public. WGY has its young brother 
in television - Station WRG3 established by the General Electric 
Company before the war - which has been pioneering in the broadcast¬ 
ing of sight-and-sound just as WGY did in sound alone. * * * 

"The first television network operation in history was a 
two-station hookup between WNBT in New York and WRG3 in Schenectady 
on January 12, 1940, more than seven years ago. Only last year, 
with the inauguration of the co-axial cable between New York and 
Washington, the netxvork expanded into a four city ooeration, includ¬ 
ing Philadelphia * * 

"By the end of this year it is expected that a station in 
Baltimore and several in New England will have joined the Atlantic 
coast network. Regional networks in other oarts of the United States 
will be established in the near future, and the creation of a coest- 
to-coast television network is only a few years away. " 

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Whether Alfred J. McCosker, one of the best known and 
most popular executives in the broadcasting industry - an out¬ 
standing pioneer - who resigned as Chairman of WOR (Bamberger 
Broadcasting Services, Inc.), New York last week, which oosition 
he has held since 1933, will continue as Chairman of the Mutual 
Broadcasting System where he has also presided for the past ten 
years, is not known. 

An official statement issued by the station explained 
that Mr. McCosker had resigned, effective June 1 "Because of a 
desire to curtail his activities", but it added that he "will, 
however, continue for an additional term of years as a Director 
and regular employee for consultation end other advisory services 
relating to WOR. " 

The story of Mr. McCosker's life since he became identi¬ 
fied with WOR 23 years ago would be a cross-section of the history 
of broadcasting itself. 

Mr. McCosker was born in New York City in 1886. After 
attending Manhattan College, he became a reporter for various news¬ 
papers in New York City. Later he was on the staff of the Denver 
Times and the Denver Rocky Mountain News. He was the originator of 
the Paint-Up, Clean-Up Movement in BosTon. He was with the Exhi¬ 
bitors' Trade Review (motion picture trade magazine) as writer, 
later editor 1916-18; public relations counsel American Federation 
of Labor 1918-24; also press work for theatrical firms 1918-24. 

From 1924-1933, Mr. McCosker was Director of Station WCR, 
Newark, N.J.; Chairman of the Board, Mutual Broadcasting System 
since 1934; Chairman, Radio Committee, New York World's Fair 1939; 
Chairman, Radio Division, N. J. Crime Prevention League, 1933-34; 
member Radio Code Authority, 1934; member Mayor's Committee to 
Welcome Lindberg 1927; co-founder McCosker-Hershfield Cardiac 
Foundation; member New York State Defense Board; and Defense Com¬ 
munications Board, Washington, 1941; Papal Knight of Yalta. 1940; 
awarded B'Nai B'Brith Meretorious Service Medal 1941; received 
honorary degree LL. D at John Marshall College, 1937; also served 
as Treasurer of the National Association of Broadcasters from 
1923-32 and President of NAB 1932-34. 

Mr. McCosker is now on a vacation in Florida. 


An article about Petrillo in the current issue of 
Collier' s is advertised as follows; 

"James Caesar ?etril3 o . sweet-faced, terrible-tempered 
potentate of music, is a hard guy to figure out. There seems to be 
only one thing certain about this 'czar' - he is always unpredict¬ 
able. For a lively review of his incredible career, see 'Santa 
Claus With A Horn' by George Frazier. " 

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There were quite a few radio commentators at the dinner 
given by the White House Correspondents' Association to the Presi¬ 
dent last Saturday night prior to Mr. Truman’s departure for Mexico, 
Entertainment usually furnished by the networks was reolaced this 
year by talent the correspondents themselves bought, which appeared 
under the title "Caribbean Capers" or "Rasta La Vista" for President 
Harry S. Truman. The cast was headed by Dinah Shore and included 
Sid Caeser, Frankie Carle, Eleanor Powell, Ferruccio Tagliavini, of 
the Metropolitan Opera Co., with Earl Wilson as master of ceremonies. 

Among those present in one way or another connected with 
radio were: 

K. H. Berkeley, General Ma.nager, WMAL; Thomas D. Blake, 
International Telephone & Telegraph Corp. ; T. Wells Church, Columbia 
Broadcasting System; Martin Codel, FM Magazine; Wayne Coy, WINX, 
Washington; Robert 4. Erwin, Station Representative; Earl Gammons, 
Vice-President, CBS, Washington; Earl Godwin, Commentator; William 
E. Gold; F. P. Guthrie, Assistant Vice-President, RCA Communica¬ 
tions, Washington; Richard L. Harkness, NBC commentator; Ray Henle, 
Commentator; Ernest Lindley, Commentator; Claude A. Mahoney, CBS 
Commentator; Eugene Meyer, owner, Station WINX; Edgar Morris, 

Zenith representative. 

Also, Drew Pearson, commentator; Bryson Rash, American 
Broadcasting Company; Leonard Reinsch, Radio Advisor to the Presi¬ 
dent; Paul M. Segal, Radio Counsellor; Eric Sevareid, Commentator; 
Carleton D. Smith, General Manager, WRC; Sol Taishoff, publisher, 
Broadcasting; Senator Charles Tobey (R), New Hampshire; Albert L. 
Warner, commentator. 



Asking if it is true freedom to allow our broadcasting 
facilities to be used by those whose only object is to destroy our 
Nation, and replying in the negative, Representative Thomas J. 

Lane (r), of Massachusetts, introducing a resolution to prevent 
this, said: 

"Radio exerts a powerful influence over the minds and 
emotions of the people. Used by clever and cynical propagandists, 
it could only weaken a nation from within and become the most deadly 
medium of attack. 

"To protect us from this danger which is already at work, 

I propose that we amend the Communications Act of 1934, with a view 
to preventing the use of broadcasting facilities for the dissemina¬ 
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"The amendment I suggest, reads as follows: 

Sec. 303a (under title 111.) It shall be the duty 
of the Commission to prescribe appropriate regulations for the 
purpose of preventing the use of radio broadcasting facilities 
for the dissemination of views in furtherance of any movement 
which is subversive of the Government of the United States, or 
views advocating theories or doctrines contrary to the Consti¬ 
tution of the United States, or the constitution of any State 
of the United States, in the matter of religious freedom or 
freedom of the oress. 

"The broadcasting channels should be closed to those who 
want to propagate treason." 



J. D. Shouse, President of the Crosley Broadcasting Corp., 
Cincinnati, on the 25th Anniversary of WLW, said: 

"Having been born and reared in this part of the country, 
it is difficult at times for me to realize that WLW is only twenty- 
five years old. Long before a great many of us now associated with 
the station joined its staff, it had already become an institution 
of great stature and great contribution both to its listening public 
in many States and to the broadcasting industry itself. 

"From the very inception of the station twenty-five years 
ago I like to think that one dominant trait has characterized, the 
whole history of WLW. Someone once said, "There is nothing so cer¬ 
tain as change itself", and so through the years WLW has ever kept 
keenly alive and alert to new ways of serving its listeners in terms 
of programs, as well as in terms of best possible transmission with 
the strongest possible signal. 

"We have always explored every new field of technical 
advance, and WLW has made Cincinnati, here in the heart of the Middle- 
west, a world-wide center for internetional broadcasting - literally 
the ‘Voice of America’. We have pioneered in facsimile transmission 
and in the development of high-powered transmitters which today help 
make .American broadcasting what it is. 

"While the past twenty-five years have given the station 
many opportunities in the assumption of greater and greater respons¬ 
ibilities to the public, what has gone on in the past is not nearly 
so imoortant as what may well transpire in the future. The advent of 
frequency modulation conceivably may offer an additional means of 
supplying to many of our listeners a service which will improve the 
clarity of reception. But of even more importance is the imminence 
of television, in which we soon will be engaged, and which may well 
revolutionize an industry which, even during its relatively short 
span of years, has come to play such an important role in the fields 
of education and entertainment. " 


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A highly critical attitude towards both the broadcasters 
and the radio manufacturers is taken in an article "Radio Listeners 
Be Dammed" in the February issue of the new Kiplinger Magazine of 
Washington, D. C. Certain portions follow: 

"The U. S. radio industry is in a state of siege. For 
the first time in its brief history, the broadcasting business is 
being subjected to hostile public and official scrutiny. And with¬ 
in radio’s ranks there are evidences of discontent with the shabby 
commercialism into which the industry has drifted. The pause for 
self-identification has come not a moment too soon, 

"Few business enterprises have ever made so much easy 
money so fast as the American broadcasters. Ever since they grasp¬ 
ed the true nature of commercial radio some twenty years ago - 
which was, of course, to sell time over the air for advertising - 
their profits have been fantastically rewarding. 

But in a scramble for even higher profits the broadca.sters 
appear to have forgotten that they received their licenses in the 
first place by promising to broadcast ’in the public interest, con¬ 
venience, and necessity'. 

Instead, there is growing complaint that the radio indus¬ 
try has borrowed a public-be-damned attitude from the past. To¬ 
gether with the set makers, the broadcasters have the listener - who 
really owns the air-waves - in the middle. He is getting an over¬ 
dose of commercials and poor reception to boot. 

In 1937 the broadcasters got 33 million dollars in profit 
before taxes out of a gross of 114 million, but in 1944, their best 
year, they piled up 90 million out of a total take of 275 million - 
or one dollar out of every three. This was a return of 109 percent 
on their original investment in wires, receptionists, vacuum tubes, 
studios and vice-presidents, and a return of 223 percent on the 
depreciated value of all broadcasting property at the beginning of 
that year. 

"In 1945, the last year for which figures are available, 
profit 'fell off’, but it was still a fat 83-i- million dollars.'"' * * 

"Radio station and network owners play little more than a 
walk-on role in the complex business of cramming the nation's ether 
with everything from Bing Crosby to ’listen-for-cash’ programs. They 
simply sell the purveyors of soap, food, drugs and cosmetics a one¬ 
way passage into the homes of the 60 million Americans who own radio 
sets. And they sell it on a wave-length which they do not own, but 
temporarily use by authority of the Federal Communications Commission. 

"In short, the broadcaster has * * * voluntarily surrender¬ 
ed control of his wave-length, granted him as a public trust, to 
the biggest peddlers of goods. 

"Last year the FCC plumbed the depths to which broadcast¬ 
ing had sunk and reported its dismal findings in its famous Blue 
Book, entitled Public Service R e sponsibility of Broadcast Licensees . 

In the book, the Commission took the broadcasters to task for 
extreme commercialism and offensive programming. The attack brought 
red herring howls of free speech from the broadcasters, who accused 
the Commission of communism, molestation of private enterprise, and 

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of being a bunch of ’intellectual smart alecks’. But they offered 
few facts to dispute the Blue Book’s principal contention that the 
broadcasters were abusing a public trust and that the American 
people were taking an unnecessary beating about the ears. 

''Last December the Supreme Court in an 8 to 0 decision, 
sustained the FCC’s refusal to renew the license of WOKO in Albany, 
N.Y. The decision definitely established the Commission’s author¬ 
ity to impose the death sentence on a station. 

"With this support, the Commission noticeably toughened 
its attitude on license renewals. Five stations have been ordered 
to appear for hearings in San Antonio, Toledo, Philadelohia and 
Baltimore to determine whether they are living up to the public 
interest spirit of their licenses. 

"Spurred by the FCC and growing signs of indignation 
throughout the country, the more sensitive elements of the radio 
industry are tending to fall in line with the Blue Book plea for a 
general reconsideration of their position. Many are broadcasting 
more local news and using more local talent. More than 50 list¬ 
eners’ councils - the more active ones in the Midwest - forced 
many local stations to abandon presentation of sloppy over-commer¬ 
cialized programs. * * * 

"For every dollar which the broadcasters soend for trans¬ 
mitting equipment, the public spends £25 for receiving sets. The 
listener not only suffers at the hands of the broadcasters, but is 
browbeaten by the set makers, too, who have gone in for volume pro¬ 
duction at the sacrifice of quality and high performance - and even 
of profit. Demand for lower priced models is being met while demand 
for higher-quality receivers, at less than exorbitant prices, goes 

"Through violent price wars and an almost incomprehensible 
eagerness for more sales, the set makers have turned the bulk of 
their business into small table models. Since it is mathematically 
impossible to produce a full, round tone from a small loudspeaker 
encased in a tiny cabinet, the makers have succeeded in debasing pub¬ 
lic taste while slashing their own throats. 

"Instead of making piles of money for themselves, the set 
builders have made far more for the broadcasters. As more sets got 
into the public's hands, the radio stations were able to ask for and 
get higher rates from their advertisers for the sale of time. * * * * 

"For the oast 17 years the daytime maximum in commercials 
has ranged from If minutes on a 5-minute news show to 9 minutes on 
an hour's program. At night the range has been 14 minutes to 6 min¬ 
utes. Some stations monitored by the FCC have exceeded even these 
prescribed limits. There has been no limitation at all on spot 
announcements. These jingles simply flood out of loudspeakers.* * * 

"The brickbats have been flying so fast - particularly 
against the ever-present commercial - that William S. Paley, CBS 
Chairman, warned broadcasters last fall to search their souls. Con¬ 
ceding ’advertising excesses’, Paley condemned ’the too high per¬ 
centage of commercial copy which is irritating, offensive, or in bad 
taste. ' * •ft *ft 

"In the ore sent standard broadcasting band, from 550 to 
1600 kilocycles, there is room for only a limited number of stations. 
With 1056 licensed transmitters currently on the air, there is al¬ 
ready great overcrowding. 

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"More than 821 stations are affiliated with four major 
networks - NBC, CBS, ABC and Mutual. The condition has made it 
possible for the networks to degrade urogram quality at will. 

"Take the soap operas, for example. Many people violently 
dislike this form of mass entertainment, which dredges up the emo¬ 
tional sludge of American life for its raw materials. Nevertheless, 
half the daylight time of the two biggest networks, NBC and CBS, is 
devoted to soap operas.* * * * 

"Moreover, it turns out that soap operas are popular- 
with the advertisers. They are extremely cheap to produce and high¬ 
ly profitable to the networks. 

"Lately the networks have been offering more high-grade 
sustaining programs, but in most cases they are broadcast late at 
night or in the poor listening hours of Saturday afternoons and 
Sunday mornings. 

"But the networks do not guarantee that their sustainers 
will be used by the affiliated stations. Local stations have to 
carry at least three out of every five hours of network commercial 
programs, for which they are handsomely paid. But they may reject 
a sustaining show in favor of local commercially-sponsored programs. 
And they have consistently done so. could 

"The broadcasters, of course,/have prevented their sell¬ 
out to the advertisers, but it would have cost them money. Now it 
may be too late, for advertisers have obtained practically all the 
control they need. 

"The FCC has reported that C33 gets 26 percent of its bus¬ 
iness from four advertisers and 38 percent from four advertising 
agencies. A quarter of ABC’s take comes from four advertisers and 
37 percent from four agencies. Mutual gets 23 percent from four 
advertisers and 31 percent from four agencies. NBC publishes no 
comparable figures, but the proportion is probably about the same. 

"Likewise the set makers are failing to live up to their 
promises. Among their highly advertised post-war miracles were go¬ 
ing to be bigger and handsomer consoles, television sets at $100 to 
$250, and, for a few extra dollars, FM. 

"But the present-day product is the same pre-war receiver- 
only its going at a much higher price. Of the estimated 12 million 
units produced from V-J Day to the end of last year, only a few hun¬ 
dred thousand were consoles. And except for the higher price tags 
they were indistinguishable, both in tone and appearance, from pre¬ 
war models. In the same period there were manufactured fewer than 
4000 television sets - with prices ranging from $300 to $2500 - and 
only a driblet of radio receivers equipped to take FM. 

"So badly did the makers fail to live up to expectations 
that the FCC muttered unofficially about a hold-back conspiracy to 
enable the industry to sell two sets to the hungry post-war market: 
the first one without FM and the second with it. Ida.ho Senator 
Taylor asked the Attorney General for an anti-trust probe. 

"But the set builders may be forced to place FMs on the 
market sooner than they planned. The public will demand them. There 
probably will be almost 1000 FM stations on the air by the end of 
the year, with many more to come. For FM technically has room to 
support 5,000 stations. 

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"The arrival of television and FM threatens the broad¬ 
casters with the thing they fear most: new competition. And these 
new developments can spell an end to the dictatorship of the ad¬ 
vertisers, too. Television does not lend itself to cheap use of 
the spoken commercial; FM means thousands of lusty new stations, 
anxious to win public respect and approval. 

"So the monopoly now enjoyed by the broadcasters may be 
ripe for smashing. as* they have to get out and scratch for listen¬ 
ers, the broadcasters will have to offer more than they have in 
the past. n 


The following is a copy of a letter written to Mr. William 
R. Hutchins, Manager, Radio Station WFMR, New Bedford, Mass., by 
J. E. Brown, Assistant Vice-President of the Zenith Radio Corpora¬ 
tion and reprinted with Mr. Brown’s permission: 

"I note with interest the February 5th issue of the Heinl 
News Service which carries some comments on your campaign with res¬ 
pect to antennas for FM sets. When you speak of built-in antennas 
on FM sets, I presume you are not including the line cord antenna 
which we use on Zenith sets. This is a patented development of the 
Zenith Radio Corporation and is something which we have most care¬ 
fully investigated comparatively with all other types of built-in 
antennas that we know of and that have come to our attention. 

"Outside of occasional peculiarities at a particular sock¬ 
et where a set may be plugged in, we have found the performance of 
this antenna pickup system good enough so that many people get en¬ 
tirely adequate FM reception; as for instance, around Chicago gener¬ 
ally up to 20 or 25 miles even in this day of relatively low power 
of FM transmitters the line cord antenna is entirely satisfactory. 
This means, of course, that it is working with a few hundred micro¬ 

"We have never been able to find a built-in antenna which 
is equivalent to this line cord antenna in all respects and, of 
course, for table models there is not even a remote comoarison. 

Your comments in the Heinl N ews Serv ice are directed toward built-in 
antennas and on this basis I can generally agree with them. I want¬ 
ed to make these points clear, however, with respect to the line cord 
antenna and to differentiate between it and the built-in antenna. " 


The Idaho House of Reore sentative s adopted unanimously 
a Senate-approved bill absolving radio stations of liability for_ 
libelous or defamatory statements broadcast by persons not affili¬ 
ated with the stations. Radio stations would not be held respons¬ 
ible for statements broadcast unless malice on the part of the sta¬ 
tion owner could be Droved. 


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Arrangements have been concluded and contracts signed for 
the delivery of complete RCA Television studio and broadcasting 
equipment to Station WTMJ, the television station of the Milwauke e 

The RCA equipment on order by WTMJ includes two Image 
Orthicon field cameras and complete field pick-up equipment, a 5-kw 
television transmitter, input and monitoring equipment, a 16mm tele¬ 
vision motion picture projector, a special television camera for 
pick-up from films, and a 3-bey super-turnstile antenna and diplexer 

Also on order with RCA for WTMJ is a 50-kilowatt FM trans¬ 
mitter, RCA Type BTF-50A. 



Keeping up with the news and President Truman’s visit 
South of the Border, Meade 3runet, Vice-President of RCA and Manag¬ 
ing Director of the RCA International Division, announces that RCA 
has completed the installation of a powerful transmitter for Sta¬ 
tion XERF in the Mexican border town of Villa Acuna, State of 

The station, which will cost $300,000 to build, is operat¬ 
ing temporarily on 50,000 watts, but its power may be increased to 
150,000 watts. It is described as the most advanced transmitting 
unit in Latin America by its operators Ramon D. Eosquez, Mexican 
radio advertising executive, and Arturo C. Gonzalez, Texas lawyer. 

Mr. Brunet said that into the station, which broadcasts 
on 1570 kc. have gone many wartime advances in radio transmission. 
Among the modern features are automatic methods of operation. There 
is a push-button control for tuning the transmitter and a system of 
relays that automatically out the transmitter on and off the air. 

Air cooling has replaced conventional water-jacket cooling of tubes. 

The transmitter is known as the RCA 50-F, high-level modu¬ 
lated and air cooled. Installation, in addition to the transmitter, 
included appropriate antennas and modern studio equipment. The 
radiator is a half-wave vertical type being fed over an RCA six- 
wire line. 

After comoletion of tests, Station XERF went on the air 
with a four-hour inaugural ceremony and programs attended by the 
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Radi o ! s $7 8,000,0 00 Ta le nt Bill 

( "Variety h )" 

Estimated talent costs (exclusive of time) for nighttime 
and daytime programming on the four major networks represent an ex¬ 
penditure of $1,500,000 a week for 1947, On an annual basis that’s 
$78,000,000 - reflecting radio’s comeuppance in the field of enter¬ 
tainment and a figure which puts radio right up with the too show 
biz brackets. 

The figure represents an all-time high in programming ex¬ 
penditure on the part of the nation's bank-rollers, despite the pre¬ 
vailing cry to agencies to "cut down costs; give us cheaper shows. ” 

The average on a nighttime show cost is still in the 
$7,000~$8,000 a week bracket, which is slightly higher, in fact, 
than during the lush war years, but if you want a too calibre star 
of the Benny-Bergen-Allen-Crosby-MeGee & Molly-Cantor, Burns & Allen, 
et al., variety, you still got to plunk down anywhere from $15,000 
to $25,000 a week. 

Daytime shows average about $1,800 a week. That’s been 
pretty static for some years. 

(Editor’s Note: The annual estimated weekly network program 
costs for 1947 appeared in Variety of Feb. 26. This gives in alph¬ 
abetical order the amount every program on the air now receives.) 

Kept Home B.y Ba d Cold But Goes Places Via Televisio n 
(Larry Wolters in "Chicago Tribune") 

Snow and cold-bound (cold in the head as well as the 
weather) over the week-end, we used television as a window to look 
out on various Chicagoland activities. WBK3 brought into the living 
room a boxing bout from the Rainbow arena, the double header basket¬ 
ball feature between Northwestern and Purdue and Depe.ul and Kentucky 
from the Chicago Stadium, and the Blackhawk-Bruins hockey match. 

Besides these snorts, the television camera, trained on 
the Science museum Saturday afternoon, gave the family the opportun¬ 
ity vicariously to navigate the link trainer in the Jackson Park 

Then there were studio shows: Telechats, with Bill Hamil¬ 
ton; Telequizicals with Joe Wilson and Meg Haun, and Stump Authors 
with Jack Payne, Dorothy Day, and Louis Zara spinning three more 
original stories. We also saw travel films, animated cartoons, and 
ether movie shorts. It was a varied fare of entertainment, mindful 
of the fact that it was all viewed without stirring from the house. 

Basketball lends itself well to telecasting. The playing 
area is limited so the camera can keep within easy range. The game 
is action crammed, tne ball easy to follow, and always within full 
view when scores are made. 

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Televiewers can see Just about everything in basketball, 
compare heights of jumps, fouls, "traveling with the ball" - some¬ 
times we thought we noticed it when officials didn’t - interceptions 
and shots. These games were thrillers with the outcomes in doubt 
until the last minute. 

A neighbor who dropped in said he would be able to startle 
another member of his family who went to the stadium to see the 
game s. 

"I'll tell him the details of how DePaul scored that 
startling upset as soon as he gets in", the neighbor said* 

The week-end was pleasant, thanks to television, and to¬ 
night at Sj30 comes television's comedy show, the wrestling at the 
Midway arena over WBKB. 

Exc e ss ive Hear i ng Aid Profit s Hit 
(Reprinted from "^Hygeia" in "Rea der* s Digest" March 1947) 

By conservative estimate, there are 2,000,000 men and 
women in the United States who should be wearing hearing aids, but 
are not. Manufacturers of aids are going after this market as never 
before. They have made their instruments more efficient and less 
conspicuous. And they are overcoming the silly prejudice against 
wearing an aid. After all, why be more self-conscious about an aid 
for the ear then one for the eye? 

A lively battle is taking place within the industry, with 
the public as chief beneficiar.y. Up to 1943 a good aid was start¬ 
lingly expensive; many cost £200. Suddenly Zenith Radio introduced 
an aid at £30. 

Nineteen manufacturers organized the American Hearing Aid 
Association and descended on the Federal Trade Commission, accusing 
Zenith of unfair competition in selling below cost of manufacture. 

"Below cost,'" fired back Zenith, with uncomfortable pre¬ 
cision. "No aid on the market costs over $20 to produce. " 

P laces Pearson's Radio Audience At 9,000,000 

(Richard Wilson in "Look" Magazine) 

Drew Pearson is a likeable man of 43 who nets more than 
8100,000 a year for revealing the inside story of Washington. 

Pearson writes "Washington Merry-Go-Round." This column 
of fact and opinion is sold to 600 newspapers with 20,000,000 circu¬ 
lation. Every Sunda.y night 9,000,000 radio listeners nervously 
await his "Predictions of Things to Come". 

He is trying to wrest from Hearst a powerful radio station 
in Baltimore, 40 miles from the White House. Then, with his associ¬ 
ate, Robert S. Allen, he plans to flood the national capital with 
information and culture. 

Other newsmen reluctantly concede that Drew is the most 
influential writing journalist in Washington. Many of them also 
think his influence is bad. It is often hard to tell when he is 
night or wrong. 

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While President Trumen was at Grandview visiting his 
motner Sunday, Ambassador de los Monteros, who accompanied the 
President to Mexico, went on a sightseeing tour of Kansas City. His 
escort was Tom Evans, a crony of Mr. Truman and owner of Station 
KCMO, ABC Kansas City outlet. 

The latest guess on what the decision of the Federal 
Communications Commission wrill be with regard to color television 
versus black and white was made by a prominent broadcaster who pre¬ 
dicted the Commission "would carry water on both shoulders". 

Directors of Sylvania Electric Products, Inc. declared the 
regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 a share on the $4.00 cumulative 
preferred stock, payable April 1, 1947 to stockholders of record at 
the close of business March 21, 1947. Directors also declared a 
dividend of 35 cents a share on the common stock. 

Mrs. Fanny Litvin has the support of Senator Murray (D), 
of Montana, and other members of Congress for the vacancy on the 
Federal Communications Commission. She’s an FCC lawyer. 

Allen B. Du Mont stated last week that in the four-week 
period between January 27 and February 23, his organization had 
shipped in excess of $875,000 worth of television receivers. Dr. 

Du Mont further stated that the remaining backlog of unfilled orders 
for telesets still totals more than $3,100,000. 

An address made by Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, President 
of the Radio Corporation of America, "Science at New Altitudes" 
before the Cincinnati Technical end Scientific Societies Council 
has now been reprinted in a brochure. 

Mrs. Frank M. Russell, wife of NBC's Washington representa¬ 
tive entertained at luncheon recently at the Statler Hotel in honor 
of Mrs. Niles Trammell of New York, wife of the President of the 
National Broadcasting Company. 

Ranking guest was Mrs. Wallace H. Fnite, wife of Senate 
Majority Leader, and otherspre sent included Mrs. Joseph H. Ball, wife 
of Senator Ball; Mrs. Clarence J. Brown, wife of Reoresentative Erown; 
Mrs. Evan Howell, wife of Representative Howell; Mrs. Charles G. Ross, 
wife of the Secretary to President Truman; Mrs. Charles R. Denny, Jr. 
wife of the Chairman of the FCC; Mrs. Paul A. Walker, Mrs. E, K. Jett, 
Mrs. Ray Wakefield and Mrs. Rosel Hyde, wives of Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commissioners; Mrs. Earl Gammons, wife of CBS Vice-President 
in Washington; Mrs. Jostin Miller, wife of the President of NAB, 

Mrs. Carleton Smith, wife of NBC Washington General Manager, Mrs. 
William MeAndrew, Mrs. George Wheeler, Mrs. Richard Harkness and 
Mrs. Morgan Beatty. 

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The 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Graham 
Bell, inventor of the telephone, used the Franklin Public School 
Building, which is still standing and in service, In 1880 for early 
experiments in the transmission of wireless messages. 

Stationing Sumner Tainter, an associate, on the school 
roof, the inventor was able to "throw" Tainer's voice across to a 
laboratory about a block away. This telephoning via a beam of 
lignt anticipated use of infra-red rays for communication as applied 
by the military in World Wars I and II. 

Broadcast Measurement Bureau has issued its BMB Area 
Audience Report, a 780-page volume showing day end night audiences 
of 800 radio stations in 3,500 United States and Canadian counties 
and 1,200 cities. The volume, which is priced at #35, is being 
sent to subscribing stations and members of the American Associa¬ 
tion of Advertising Agencies and the Association of National Adver¬ 

Chief Justice and Mrs. Fred Vinson were the guests in 
whose honor Mr. and Mrs. Justin Miller entertained at dinner last 
week in their apartment at Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. Judge 
Miller is President of the National Association of Broadcasters. 

WOP’s Chief Engineer and Vice-President, Jack R, Poppele 
w ill make an address on "Television's Appeal to Women" on Friday, 
March 7, during the convention of the Association of Women Broad¬ 
casters of the National Association of Broadcasters at the Hotel 
Roosevelt in New York. Poppele is the President of the Association 
of Television Broadcasters. 

A 104-week renewal contract - probably the first of its 
kind in radio - has been signed by the Frank H. Lee Comoany of 
Danbury, Conn., with the American Broadcasting Company covering 
sponsorship of the Sunday evening broadcasts of Drew Pearson. 

Sidney Whitmore Ashe, a retired electrical and radio 
engineer of Pittsfield, died Tuesday night in New Lebanon, N.Y., 
at the age of 66. Mr. Ashe was with the General Electric until he 
Joined the radio staff at WGY in Schenectady. He leaves a widow. 


(Continuation of "Places Pearson's Radio Audience At 9,000,000" in 
"Scissors and Paste", page 14. 

So, to borrow a Pearson phrase, here is my prediction: 

Unless Pearson ceases carrying showmanship up to the point 
of fakery in his writings and broadcasts; 

And unless he stops building up his listeners to an awful 
let-down in his predictions, 

Then his readers and listeners ratings will continue to 
sag at embarrassing moments, as they did last Spring and Summer. 

Pearson is a great newspaper reporter, the envy as well 
as the despair of newsmen. 




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State Dept. Seen Trying To Put U. S. Into Radio Business..1 

Webster's Confirmation For FCC Believed To Be "In The Bag"......3 

President Truman Praised For Appointing Webster To FCC...... 5 

Ream Makes Washington Debut As CBS Executive V-P.6 

New Coin Radio Plays One Or Two Hours.6 

Radio To Appoint "Czar" In Clean-up Of Advertising...7 

Warns Washingtonians Against "Voluntary" Daylight ^ime.8 

Woods -To Meet In Six Cities With ABC Affiliates........9 

RCA Extends Automatic Service To New York-Ecuador Circuit..9 

Farnsworth Doubles Manufacturing Space Including TV Sets.10 

Believes New Deal "Press And Radio" Is Still Busy.10 

World Telecommunications Confab At Atlantic City May 15........ 11 

Truman First Heard Of Lewis Decision Through CBS Engineer..... .11 

Radio Set Production Still Lags.11 

Predicts 60,000 Chicago Television Receivers In 1947. ......IS 

Henry M. Pease, Of Standard Electric, Dead; A BBC Founder..12 

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Charging that some members of the State Department want 
to put the United States Government into the broadcasting business 
and that as a starter they have advocated a Government controlled 
International Broadcasting Foundation to take over short-wave pro¬ 
grams and disseminate American views throughout the world, E. F. 
McDonald, Jr., President of the Zenith Radio Corporation stated 
today (12) to Senator C. Wayland Brooks (R), of Illinois: 

’’Even though the proposal is sugar coated by a vague sug¬ 
gestion that domestic broadcasting companies and some institutions 
be represented on the Board of Trustees, the Government would run 
the show just as firmly as the British Government runs propaganda 
through BBC. 

"The State Department is already up to its neck in the 
field of international broadcasting, with programs going out in 
twenty-five different languages at a cost of more than $3,000,000 
per year. The proposed foundation would make continuation of this 
war-born propaganda activity a permanent part of our government, 
with substantial expansion and increase in cost. 

"In my opinion this is a bad and extremely dangerous pro¬ 
posal. " 

Commander McDonald said further in his letter to Senator 


"At the time of Pearl Harbor there were fourteen licensed 
international short wave stations operating in the United States. 

All were erected by private capital, all were operated by their 
owners at a. total cost over the years of many millions of dollars. 
During the war Government funds were used in construction and oper¬ 
ation of additional short-wave stations, just as Government money 
was used to construct and operate munition factories, ship yards, 
etc. Now that the war is over, these stations should be sold to 
private operators in the same manner, and for the same reason, that 
other Government financed properties are passing into private hands. 

"There is no more reason for the Government to own and 
operate broadcasting stations than there is for it to publish news¬ 
papers and magazines. Nor is there any reason for the Government, 
which has neither experience nor skill in radio production, to spend 
millions of dollars developing radio programs." 

Explaining to the Senator that he had no interest in any 
chain or international broadcasting station, the Chicago manufactur¬ 
er declared that fairness and common sense demand that the Govern¬ 
ment pay for and use privately owned broadcasting facilities for 
dispatching radio programs, just as it uses railroads for dispatch¬ 
ing freight, telegraph and cable systems for dispatching messages, 


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our newspapers and magazines for publishing advertisements and 
releasing news, etc. , etc. Instead of setting up a system to com¬ 
pete with those who pioneered our international short wave stations, 
any Government money used for this purpose should be spent to sup¬ 
port those who blazed the trail with their own private funds. 

McDonald said that no matter what our bureaucrats choose 
to call our Government overseas broadcasts of "unvarnished truth", 
listeners abroad will have just one term for them: "Yankee Propa¬ 
ganda". He continued: 

"The one basic idea that the United States has to sell 
to the rest of the world is our American system of free enterprise. 
What could be more futile and ridiculous than using a bureaucratic 
Broadcasting Foundation to tell our story? What profit could there 
be in prattling the 'unvarnished truth' about free .America when 
the listener knows that the programs he hears are themselves a 
violation of the basic principles of American free enterprise? Why 
should we adopt the very practices that we criticize in other 
governments ? 

"The most effective method of persuasion is by actual 
demonstration. There could be no better way of demonstrating to 
otner peoples the real meaning of American free enterprise and free¬ 
dom of speech than by giving them an opportunity to hear the trem¬ 
endous variety of radio programs that are aired each day over our 
major networks. What a revelation it would be to countless impover- 
isned millions to hear commercial announcers vying with each other 
to sell more soap, candy, automobiles, radios, watches, cigarettes, 
etc., etc. And what a demonstration of democracy in action it would 
be to have people of the world hear two opposing American presiden¬ 
tial candidates tear into each other over the radio, and then hear 
tne election results, and learn that the loser continued to enjoy 
life and freedom. 

"American radio programs, in spite of criticism leveled 
at them by Blue Book writers, have the happy faculty of attracting 
large audiences. This is true in other countries as well as in the 
United States. If our daily schedules of network programs were sent 
out by powerful short wave, we would soon create an incredible 
amount of good will and understanding throughout the world. Ameri¬ 
can jazz is popular from the Arctic to Timbucktoo, and there is 
plenty of that broadcast every day. Serious music has its lovers 
wherever there are human beings - they reach for everything from 
Bach to Gershwin. American networks broadcast many hours of the 
world's finest music every week. " (According to Variety , the four 
major networks will spend £78,000,000 for their 1947 programs.) 

"If we wish to do a really effective job of international 
broadcasting the way to do it is forget all about bureaucratic 
foundations and send by short wave a selected schedule of network 
programs, modifying them only as prudent commercial practice dict¬ 
ates. I used the words 'prudent commercial practice' because I 
believe that the best way, as well as the most American way, of 
sending our commercial programs overseas is to permit American 

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short wave stations to sell time to advertisers just as our domest¬ 
ic stations do. That will automatically bring to American inter¬ 
national broadcasting the best audience building brains of the 
country, and give to the rest of the world the great musical and 
dramatic talent that has made radio so popular in America. Under 
the acid spur of commercial results, broadcasters will develop new 
technics of audience building in foreign lands that will far trans¬ 
cend the best efforts possible for a known government agency. 

"Then, if the Government still deems it necessary to enter 
officially the international 'war of words', it will find an enor¬ 
mous, and receptive, audience waiting for its programs from private¬ 
ly owned stations. It will also have available, and should use, 
the skill developed by free enterprise in radio, Just as it found 
available and used for munition oroduction the industrial skill 
developed by generations of free enterprise in manufacturing. 

"Both for the sake of economy and to give the rest of the 
world a true understanding of America, the State Department should 
be compelled to cease its present international broadcasting activ¬ 
ities, and any proposal that the Government enter the broadcasting 
business should be defeated. The American broadcasting industry 
should be given an opportunity to expand in the field of commercial 
international broadcasting. " 



The Senate Interstate Commerce Committee has set Thursday, 
March 13th, to consider the nomination of former Coast Guard 
Commodore Edward M. Webster, 58 years old, for years one of the 
Government's outstanding radio and communication experts to succeed 
Paul A. Porter as a member of the Federal Communications Commission. 
Not since the days of Tam Craven, former FCC Commissioner, and 
E, K. Jett, present Commissioner, has anyone been so well qualified 
professionally to serve on the FCC. In fact, when Commodore 
Webster's nomination was announced, someone immediately said: "That 
means another Jett on the Commission." And that is almost the way 
it is expected to work out. In the old days, Commissioners Craven 
and Jett used to carry the engineering burden but with Cowles 
Brothers grabbing off Tam Craven, Jett has had to carry the ball 
alone and it has been quite a chore. 

Another similarity between the three was that Craven and 
Jett started up the ladder to the commissionership by serving as 
FCC Chief Engineers. When Webster was retired from active duty in 
the Coast Guard in 1934 because of physical disability incurred in 
the line of duty, he went over to the FCC where he served as its 
Assistant Chief Engineer until June 1, 1942. On that date he was 
recalled to active wartime duty in the Coast Guard and reassigned 
to his former job as Chief Communications Officer. 


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About the only snag Commodore Webster is seen likely to 
strike in being confirmed by the senate is that having been born 
in Washington, D. C. , he has never voted, and having spent all his 
life in the Government service, has no political affiliation. How¬ 
ever, Commissioner Jett, who began in the Navy and likewise spent 
many years in the Government, and who also very honestly refused 
to take on the label of either party, won out as an independent. 

It is difficult to believe that men so well qualified as Webster and 
and Jett would be stopped just because they didn’t belong to one of 
the major parties. Yet if memory serves correctly, this stopped 
C. M. Jansky, well known radio engineer, who many years ago was 
nominated for the old Radio Commission. ^here are three Democrats 
on the Commission - Denny, Walker and Durr; two pepublicans - Hyde 
and Wakefield, and one Independent - Jett. 

However, if Commodore Webster should encounter political 
difficulty, as did Jett, he will be very fortunate in having a 
highly placed friend in the Senate who could likely steer him safely 
through troubled watters. This is Senator Wallace White (R), of 
Maine, outstanding radio authority in Congress. Senator White is 
not only the Chairman of the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee 
which will pass upon Webster's qualifications to serve as Commis¬ 
sioner, but he is also Majority Leader of the Senate and therefore 
could take good care of Webster from start to finish, which it is 
believed he is very likely to do as the Senator is among Webster's 
earliest backers and has proposed his name numerous times when 
tnere has been a FCC vacancy. 

Furtnermore, after the opposition which President Truman 
has met with in the nomination of David Lilienthal as Chairman of 
tne Atomic Energy Commission, it is not believed he would again 
make the mistake of sending a name to Capitol ^ill without sounding 
out the Republican leaders to see how it would be received. In many 
quarters the Lilienthal nomination has been seen simoly as a test 
of the strength and leadership of the Republicans in the Senate. 

When Commodore Webster was relieved from the Coast Guard 
in 1946, he had completed over thirty years' active duty. He was 
then appointed Director of Telecommunications of the National Feder¬ 
ation of American Shipping, Inc., which position he now holds. 
Webster's salary at the Federation is reported to be $15,000 a year. 
He also receives $5,000 annually in retirement pay. It would mean 
quite a monetary sacrifice to give up both of these amounts for a 
$10,000 FCC Commi ssionership. 

During the time he was associated with the FCC as Assist¬ 
ant Chief Engineer, Commodore Webster administered in particular 
communication matters relating to such services as marine, aviation, 
experimental, point-to-point, emergency and amateur. Whe work, also, 
included administration of radio operator problems, including their 
qualification and classification. 



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Many years ago, critics of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, Chief 
Chemist of the United States, and founder of the Pure Food Laws, 
charged that he had no technical background. There were some who 

claimed that he wasn’t even a chemist. Quite a few brickbats had 

also been hurled at President Taft. So when the latter named 
Dr. Carl Alsberg as Wiley’s successor, he said: "And if you think 
he isn’t qualified for the job, look at this. ” Whereupon Mr. Taft 
unrolled what looked like a. Chinese scroll about a yard long listing 
Dr. Alsberg’s qualifications. 

President Truman might have done the same thing when he 
announced the nomination of Commodore E. M. Webster, U. S. Coast 
Guard, retired, for the present vacancy on the Federal Communica¬ 
tions. A joint press release issued by the U. S. Coast Guard and 

the National Federation of American Shipping, where Mr. Webster is 
now Director of Telecommunications, covered eight typewritten pages 
setting forth Mr. Webster's qualifications as a radio and communica¬ 
tions expert. 

Although Webster's name had been frequently mentioned, his 
appointment came as a surprise because so many politicos seemed to 
have the inside track. Then a campaign was started to give the 
office to a woman. It looked for a time as if this might be Marion 
Martin, who lost out with the Republican National Committee. Any¬ 
one who knew Webster knew that in a political fight he wouldn't have 
a Chinaman's chance. One observer was of the opinion that perhaps 
president Truman had turned to his radio advisor, Leonard Reinsch, 
of Station WSB, Atlanta, and that the latter had told him of the 
need of another engineer on the Commission. 

Commending the President, the Was hington Pos t said: 

"President Truman has set the qualifications for member¬ 
ship on the Federal Communications Commission at a high mark. Every 
one of his appointments to this regulatory body has been an expert 
with long experience in the communications field. Rosel Hyde had 
advanced within the FCC to the position of general counsel before 
bis elevation to a commissionershio. E. K. Jett had long served 
the Commission as Chief Engineer. Now the President has nominated 
E. M. Webster, former Assistant Chief Engineer for the Commission, 
to fill the last vacancy. Shortly before his death, President 
Roosevelt elevated Charles R. Denny, the present FCC Chairman, from 
the position of General Counsel, These well-merited promotions 
within the FCC are quite properly making it something of a career 

"Mr. Webster has devoted himself to communications work 
for the last 30 years. Before his retirement from the Navy in 1934 
he was Chief Communications Officer. Recalled to active duty in 
World War II and restored to the same position, he planned, develop¬ 
ed and installed the present efficient Coast Guard communications 


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network. His expert services won him the rank of Commodore and the 
Legion of Merit. Mr. Webster is also said to be one of the best in¬ 
formed men in the country in the field of marine and aviation radio, 
with special emphasis on their use as safety devices. His experi¬ 
ence at 16 international conferences dealing with communications 
will be invaluable in connection with the World Telecommunications 
Conference to be held in the United States in 1947. We take it for 
granted that the Senate will confirm the nomination of one so emi¬ 
nently qualified. In addition the president is entitled to special 
commendation for staffing this imoortant agency with experts 
instead of hack politicians. w 



One of the first appearances of Joseph H. Ream as newly 
elected Executive Vice-president of the Columbia Broadcasting 
System will be at a reception tendered to him tomorrow by Earl 
Gammons, Washington CBS Vice-President, to receive the congratula¬ 
tions of the great and near great of the Capital. Mr. Ream pre¬ 
viously had been Vice-President and Secretary. 

He joined CBS in 1934 and headed the comoany 1 s Legal 
Deoartment for eight years. He became Secretary four years later, 
was elected a Vice President in October, 1942, and in June, 1945, 
was elected a member of the Board. 

Mr. Ream went with Columbia after eight years with the 
New York law firm of Cravath, deGersdorff, Swsine & Wood. He began 
the study of law at the University of Kansas from which he received 
a Bachelor of Arts degree and continued his studies at Yale where 
he was graduated with an LL.B, in 1927, 



A new Telecoin system coin radio for hotels, motor courts 
and hospitals will soon be put on the market by the Telecoin Cor¬ 
poration, distributors of coin-operated Bendix automatic home 
laundries. Distribution of the new set will begin on or about 
*pril 1st. 

Varying in design from conventional radio styles, the set 
has been constructed to resist vandalism and abuse which were a 
major problem in pre-war and early post-war coin radio enterprises. 
It is a pillbox-shaded affair with a sturdy 16-gauge steel case and 
chassis. The time element is variable, permitting thirty-minute, 
one hour or two-hour play, 

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A plan for self-regulation of the radio industry, involv¬ 
ing the appointment of a virtual "czar" to administer improved 
standards in programming and advertising on the air, is being draft¬ 
ed by broadcasters, advertisers and major industrial concerns spon¬ 
soring network snows, it became known yesterday (Tuesday, March 
11), according to Jack Gould in the New York Times . 

Prompted by the rising criticism against "ugly plugs" 
and other manifestations of "excessive commercialism", the three 
groups are setting up a Broadcasters Advisory Council to cope with 
what was described formally as "the crisis" confronting radio. 

Edgar Kobak, President of the Mutual Broadcasting System, 
has been named Chairman of the Committee on Organization and Fin¬ 
ance for the Council. The Council is expected to be patterned 
after the Cereal Institute or the Motion Picture Producers* Associa¬ 
tion of America, the latter formerly known as "the Hays office". 

f'ther members of the organizational committee are Niles 
Trammell, President of the National Broadcasting Company; Sigurd 
S. Larmon, President of Young & Rubicam; Thomas D 1 Arcy Brophy, 
President of Kenyon & Eckhardt; Robert F. Elder, Vice-President of 
Lever Brothers; Donovan 3. Stetler, Advertising Director of Stand¬ 
ard Brands, Inc.; Clair R. McCollough, President of Station WGAL, 
Lancaster, Pa.,, and I. R. Lounsberry, Executive Vice-President of 
WGR, Buffalo. 

The decision to form the Council comes almost exactly a 
year after the Federal Communications Commission, which licenses 
all radio stations, issued its controversial "Blue Book" report, 
condemning excessive commercialism on the air and urging the broad¬ 
casting industry itself to achieve better balance in programming. 

A key radio figure involved in the formation of the 
Council said that the new organization could be regarded as "the 
answer" to the FCC. 

The recommendations were drafted by Frank Stanton, presi¬ 
dent of the Columbia Broadcasting System; F. B. Ryan, Jr., President 
of Ruthrauff & Ryan, Inc. , and Charles G. Mortimer, Vice-President 
of the General Foods Corporation. 

In a general summary of broadcasting at present, it was 
learned the recommendations committee said that radio was at the 
"critical crossroads". On the one hand, the Committee noted, radio 
was being subjected to increasing criticism from the oublic while, 
on the other, competitive pressures within the industry tended to 
result in a further deterioration in standards. 

The three specific objectives outlined for the Council 

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"(1) An information activity designed, on the one hand, 
to inform the broadcasters about public attitudes and their obliga¬ 
tions to serve the public interest through improved service to radio 

"(2) The development and recommendation of standards of 
practice for commercial broadcasting. 

"(3) a program of continuing research into public accept¬ 
ance of broadcasting. " 



Merle S. Jones, General Manager of Station WOL in Wash¬ 
ington, was among those opposing "voluntary" daylight savings time 
for the National Capital. This movement was started after the 
U. S, House of Representatives had voted down the proposal to give 
the District of Columbia daylight time. 

Mr. Jones, who said that he personally was for daylight 
savings time declared that if any further action is to be taken, 
it should be done in an orderly way and warned those attending a 
meeting called by the Junior Eoard of Trade to discuss the subject 
at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Building, that the "voluntary'* 
expedient might bring confusion. 

Senator Harold McGrath f D), of Rhode Island, declared 
the Commissioners of the District of Columbia were empowered under 
the District Code to declare daylight saving time. 

When the Senate District Committee took up the McGrath 
redrafted bill to take the decision out of Congress and to have 
Congress merely direct the Commissioners to hold hearings on the 
issue and to order daylight saving time here if the city heads find 
the majority of Washington’s residents want it, the Committee with¬ 
out a dissenting vote ordered a favorable vote. 

The bill will now be speeded to the Senate for action and 
will be called up for Senate approval at the earliest aooropriate 

Senator McGrath said he took the unanimous report as an 
encouraging sign for favorable action in the Senate. 

The bill directs the Commissioners to hold oublic hearings 
on the question and empowers them to order the advanced time if 
they find most Washington residents want it. 


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The first of a series of meetings between officials of 
the American Broadcasting Company and its affiliated stations will 
be held in Atlanga on Thursday, March 13, with Mark Woods, Presi¬ 
dent of the American Broadcasting Company, and John H. Norton, Jr., 
ABC Vice-President in charge of stations, in attendance. 

The meetings are intended to provide network executives 
with first-hand knowledge of the current problems of individual 
affiliates and at the same time acquaint the stations more fully 
with network plans and developments and to promote closer coopera¬ 
tion in sales, programming and general station relations. 

In addition to meeting with affiliates, Mr. Woodsplans 
to talk with representatives of leading civic organizations to 
obtain direct inroressions of the thoughts and views of people 
throughout all sections of the United States. 

The ABC executives also will meet with affiliated sta¬ 
tions in Kansas City, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; 
Detroit, Mich.; and New York City. 



Inauguration of new and modernized radiotelegraph com¬ 
munications facilities in Qpito, Ecuador, makes that country the 
first in South America to bring its equipment and service in line 
with the world-wide modernization program being carried forward by 
RCA Communications, Inc., Thompson H. Mitchell, Executive Vice- 
President, has announced. 

"RCA’s modernization program is establishing a universal 
trend away from the old manual Morse methods of radiotelegraphy to¬ 
ward the time-and-money saving automatic operation, which was devel¬ 
oped during the war by the Army Communications Service”, said Mr. 
Mitchell. "Under the new system, decoding of radiotelegraph mes¬ 
sages at 'gateway' cities such as New York, Sen Francisco and London 
is eliminated and messages are handled in suitable form for immedi¬ 
ate delivery to ultimate addressees in the 'gateway' city itself 
or for automatic relay over land-line wire circuits to addressees 
in the interior of the country of destination." 

Opening of the improved New York-Ecuedor circuit wa.s com¬ 
memorated by an exchange of messages between President Jose Ibarra 
of Ecuador; Gustavo Yerovi, Secretary of Radio Internacionale, and 
3rig. General David Serncff, President, Radio Corporation of 



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A new two-story addition will permit the Farnsworth Tele¬ 
vision & Radio Corporation' s entire research and engineering depart¬ 
ments to be located at the Fort Wayne plant. 

The expansion program has doubled the space available 
there for manufacturing operations, enabling the setting up of 
additional assembly lines for the manufacture of the company's new 
line of home television receivers and mobile communications equip¬ 

Television studio and transmitting equipment, industrial 
telemetering equipment, automatic record changers, special tubes 
and other electronic apparatus also are manufactured at the Fhrns- 
worth plant in Fort Wayne. 

The company's radios, phonograph-radios and other pro¬ 
ducts are manufactured at plants in Marion, Huntington and Bluffton, 

All administrative departments, including the Capehart 
Sales Division which formerly occupied downtown offices, are now 
consolidated in the enlarged headquarters building, E. A. Nicholas, 
President, reported. 

In addition to its commercial operations, Farnsworth is 
continuing special research work for the U. S. Navy. During the 
war the company's entire facilities were devoted to the develop¬ 
ment and manufacture of television and other electronic equipment 
for the armed forces. 



A paragraph in a letter Senator Raymond Baldwin (R), 
of Connecticut wrote to Carroll Reece, Chairman of the Republican 
National Committee, urging greater cooperation among the Republicans 
in Congress, read: 

"In fact, the trend is now away from us. Why is that so? 

"In the first place, let us talk a little about the mech¬ 
anics of the situation. Through all the years of the 'New Deal' a 
splendid press and radio was built up for the Democratic Party. The 
momentum of that still goes on. Columnists, editorial writers, 
headline writers, radio commentators, found some little joy, back 
last Summer, at taking a little 'crack' at- their erstwhile 'darl¬ 
ings', but they are doing that no more. They are now turning their 
fire on the target they were shooting at during most of the 'New 
Deal' years, the Republicans and the Republican Party.^ * * We have 
had a good deal of that and I think it is time it came to an end," 


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Latest word from the State Department is that everything 
is set for the World Telecommunications Conferences to be held in 
Atlantic City, N*J., starting May 15th to bring up to date the pro¬ 
visions of the basic international agreements concerning telecom¬ 
munications and to revise the legislative machinery of the Inter¬ 
national Telecommunications Union. The first of these conferences 
will be the Radio Administrative Conference to be followed by the 
Plenipotentiary Telecommunications Conference and the High Frequency 
Broadcasting Conference. 

New developments during the war in the techniques of tele¬ 
graph, telephone and radio have made obsolete the provisions of the 
International Telecommunications Convention agreed upon at Madrid 
in 1932 and the General Radio Regulations agreed upon at Cairo in 
1939. The Atlantic City Conferences will undertake to modernize 
the present Convention and Regulations and to provide for future 
revisions that may be necessary to keep up with new scientific 
developments in this field. 



President Truman first learned of the Supreme Court de¬ 
cision upholding the contempt convictions against John L. Lewis 
and the United Mine Workers, through the alertness of C3S engineer 
Clyde M. Hunt. 

At 12:30 P.M. that day, Hunt, Chief Engineer for WTOP-CBS, 
Washington, was setting up his controls preparatory to the Presi¬ 
dent's radio address at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, when he 
heard the Lewis bulletin over the CBS feed-back circuit. Hunt 
immediately informed Charles Ross, White House press secretary, who 
in turn relayed the news to Mr. Truman. 



Production of radio receivers in the United States Zone 
of Germany averaged 246 per month during the third quarter of 1946, 
a total of 404 having been produced in September. The monthly 
average for 1 938 (in that area now included in the Zone) was 
12,000. Radio sets manufactured in the United States section of 
Berlin during the January-August period in 146 totaled 35,834, 
the output for August being 5,768. Loud speakers produced in the 
sector during the 8-month period numbered 88,366, of which 13,772 
were produced in the month of August. 



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Sixty thousand new television receivers will be available 
to the Chicago area by the end of 1947, and co-axial cables for 
network television programs between New York and Chicago should be 
in operation early in 1948, Carl J. Meyers, WGN engineering director, 

Of the 300,000 sets promised by radio manufacturers for 
1947 throughout the country, approximately 20 per cent will be 
allocated to the Chicago area, Mr. Meyers said. The sets coming 
off the assembly lines today will not be made obsolete by the 
advent of simultaneous color transmission which is now being per¬ 
fected. Mr. Meyers predicts black and white television will be the 
dominant system for the next five or six years. Television sets 
of today will be capable of receiving simultaneous color transmis¬ 
sion with the aid of a simple radio frequency converter, according 
to Mr. Meyers, 

WGNA, telesister of WGN, will offer a wide variety of 
programs for its audience by Fall of 1947, Mr. Meyers said, with 
all mediums of entertainment and education contributing heavily. 

Mr. Meyers looks upon television as a field which will supplement 
but not replace the established arts. The three types of television 
shows - local, network, and televised movies - will draw heavily 
upon today’s radio, movie and theatrical fields for its talents, 
he said. 



Henry M. pease, first Vice Chairman and a director of the 
International Standard Electric Corporation, the manufacturing 
associate of the International Telephone and Telegranh Corporation, 
of which he was alsoa.Vice-President and Director, died last Friday 
at the New York Hospital at the age of 71 after a short illness. 

Mr. Pease, a native of Illinois, was an outstanding fig¬ 
ure in the telephone manufacturing field end a leading figure in 
telephone development in Europe and many other parts of the -world. 

In addition to his positions with International Standard 
Electric and International Telephone and telegraph, Mr. Pease was 
also Vice-President and Director of the Federal Telephone and Radio 
Corooration, and a Director of International Telecommunication 
Laboratories, Inc. 

In 1922 Mr. Pease took an active part in forming the 
British Broadcasting Company, becoming one of its original directors, 
and through the International Western Electric organization install¬ 
ed one of the first broadcasting stations in England. The following 
year he negotiated the contract for the first transatlantic radio¬ 
telephone transmitting station with the British Pest Office, and 
thus established the London Company in the manufacture of this par¬ 
ticular product line. 


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Charges Vandenberg Co n trols U . S. Bro ad casts ^o Russia 
. ’ T"In Fact") 

A confidential memorandum to Secretary of State Marshall 
on the eve of his departure for the Moscow Conference has posed a 
series of startling questions and made six flat charges all design¬ 
ed to warn him that he faces failure at that conference because of 
the propaganda activities behind the iron curtain of his own State 

The memorandum, compiled and documented by two officials, 
was accompanied by their letters of resignation from the Office of 
International Information and Cultural Affairs (OIC). Marshall, to 
date, has left the OIC operation to William Benton, millionaire ad¬ 
vertising executive and close friend of Senator Arthur Vandenberg 
and Herbert Hoover. The memorandum made the following charges: 

1. That propaganda broadcasts beamed at the Russian 
people by the U. S. State Dept, during the Moscow Conference will 
"first be cleared by Senator Vandenberg. 

2. That by "remote control" Marshall will be constantly 
"kept in line" by the anti-Russian bloc of the Congress which has 
backed Benton’s OIC propaganda operations. 

3. That Benton, fully aware that there are less than 
100,000 short-wave receiving sets in the USSR, nonetheless has ex¬ 
pended some $5,000,000 for personnel and equipment to beam propa¬ 
ganda broadcasts meant chiefly for the ears of Soviet Government 
radio monitors. 

4. That an anti-Russian Pole has been chosen as producer 
of the OIC broadcasts to the Soviet. (Editorial note: 0IC ! s NYC 
office will neither confirm or deny reoorts that this man was fired 
a few hours before first broadcast.) 

5. That while Marshall may be saying one thing in Moscow 
the State Dept, broadcasts, cleared by Vandenberg, will reflect the 
sentiments of the anti-Russian bloc in Congress. 

6. That the Voice of America has been flatly labeled a 
propaganda, mechanism by no less than Kent Cooper, General Manager 
of the Associated Press and Earl Johnson, Vice-President of the 
United Press. (Editor & Publisher Dec. 14 reported: "Mr. Cooper of 
the AP and Mr. Johnson of the UP flatly opposed any gov news dissem¬ 
ination. They regard gov. proprietorship as certain to cause any 
dissemination to be regarded by peoples of the world as propaganda 
in its fullest cynical form, and do not believe the government could 
possibly fulfill the purposes stated by Mr. Benton. ") 

Movie "Radio Take It Away" Raos Quiz Shows" 


"Radio Take It Away" is a new paramount movie short which 
hilariously satirizes the inanities of the current rash of audience- 
participation shows. For 11 minutes it swats with hapoy accuracy at 
radio’s vast largess, its brow-beaten contestants, and its silly 
interviews. It is at its best when it shows befuddled amateurs at 
the microphone strugglin over stupid questions asked by gurgling 
quiz masters who do not know the answers themselves. Few critics 

will state that "Radio, Take It Away" is exaggerated. 


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Advertising Does the Trick 

(Niles Trammell, President, National Broadcasting Company, in 

"Radio Age") 

Before the days of modern advertising it took many years 
to establish new products or change the public’s buying habits. 
Seventy years elapsed before the power loom had eliminated the hand 
loom. The Bessemer process of steel-making had to overcome thirty 
years of stubborn opposition before it was generally adopted. Even 
McCormick’s reaper needed almost a generation before it became fully 
accepte d. 

But how long did it take for the modern radio to catch on? 
or refrigerators? - or frozen foods? - or nylon stockings? And al¬ 
most within a matter of months, the non-refillable fountain pen has 
become an accepted commonplace in the United States. 

In no other country in the world do these things happen’ 
Why? Because we have found the key which never fails to unlock the 
resourcefulness and ingenuity of the American economy - advertising. 

"The Eagle’s Brood" 

(Jack Gould in the ,f New York Times") 

"The Eagle's Brood", the Columbia Broadcasting System’s 
documentary broadcast on juvenile delinquency, was an angry, tough 
and eloquent piece. In purest form it was a crusade against public 
apathy, a crusade told in the persuasive imagery of words, music and 
stagecraft. Last Wednesday night the art of broadcasting found its 
voice and lifted it as one truly come of age. 

Though not receiving formal program credit, the Messrs. 
William S. Paley, ^rank Stanton and Edward R. Murrow of CBS would 
seem no less entitled to recognition for their part in "The Eagle's 
Brood". In all, the single presentation involved a total expense of 
nearly $50,000, including the cost of canceling "Information Please" 
in order that the documentary might be heard at choice evening time 
and might perform a maximum public service. 

From every standpoint, "The Eagle's Brood" was one of 
tnose occasions when radio could hold its head high. 

Me Co imick Sets Fast Radio Pace But Has Faith In Press 
(George a! Brandenburg in "Editor & publisher") 

Col. McCormick is President and Treasurer of WGN, Inc. His 
attitude toward the public interest in radio was summed up in a 
recent broadcast: "American radio belongs to the American public and 
we consider it a sacred trust. " WGNB, the Tribune’s FM station, 
pioneered broadcasting of a daily facsimile edition, the first of 
its kind of any Chicago newspaper. 

Highly cognizant of technological developments in radio, 
yet confident that newspapers can offset these new inventions by 
improving their own product, he recently stated: "We feel more 
strongly than ever that the newspaper as an institution has a per¬ 
manent contribution to make in promoting that understanding of men 
and events which is necessary to the maintenance of civilization." 

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The Radio Corporation of America has filed its answer in 
the patent suit which the zenith Radio Corporation lodged against 
it in the U. S. District Court at Wilmington, Del. last December. 

Zenith at that time listed something over a hundred oat- 
ents which it alleged RCA had asked it to mark on its sets and 
stated that only 15 radio and television patents had any relevancy 
to the sets it makes. The Court was asked to declare these patents 
invalid and not infringed. 

Dumont television station WTTG- in Washington, D. C., esti¬ 
mates there are now about 500 television sets in the Capital. 

The Stroraberg-Carlson Comoany reported a net income for 
1946 of $802,910, equal, after payment of preferred stock dividends, 
to $2.57 a common share, comoared with $708, 962 or $2.51 a share in 

The company said 1°46 shipments of $21,513,486, were five 
times greater than pre-war volume and more than 50 per cent above 
the previous peacetime peak established in 1929. 

Rear Admiral Ellery W. Stone, former Chief Allied Com¬ 
missioner in Italy, was received last Friday, according to an 
Associated press dispatch from Rome, into the Catholic Church, He 
was reported planning to marry Italian Baroness, Renata Arborio 
Mella di Santelia, member of a family with close Vatican connections. 

The 53-year old Naval Reserve officer, now Chief of the 
Italian Military Affairs Section of Allied Force Headquarters, was 
divorced in Reno recently. He was once Vice-President of Mackay 
Radio and Telegraph Company and President of Postal Telegraph Co, 

The ASCAP General Annual Meeting and Dinner will be held 
on Thursday, March 27th in New York at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. 

Annual reports of the Society’s officers will be given at 
the general membership meeting in the afternoon. 

Dr. H. B. G-. Casimir, Co-Director of the Philips Research 
Laboratories, Eindhoven, Holland, arrived on the Veen dam this week 
to deliver a series of invitation lectures at Johns Hopkins Univer¬ 
sity, Baltimore, on the properties of matter at low temperatures 
and on problems in quantum electrodynamics. 

The Miami Herald, publisher of which is John S. Knight, 
also owner of the C hicago Daily News broadcast its first facsimile 
newspaper last Monday. It was 8 by 111- in. in size and only an 
experimental issue. The Herald, however, plans to publish the fax 


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The Federal Communications Commission has announced 
adoption of an order directing that the proceedings on the renewal 
application of Station WTOL, Toledo, Ohio (Blue Book case) be re¬ 
opened and that the application of Public Service Broadcasters, Inc. 
for a new station at Toledo to operate on 1230 kc, 250 watts, un¬ 
limited time (seeking same facilities assigned WTOL) be set for con¬ 
solidated hearing in those proceedings. 

Major markets are receiving their first shipments of the 
new Bendix AM-FM radio-phonograph, according to J. T. Dalton, 

General Sales Manager for radio and television. Secondary trading 
areas will follow as production is stepned up, he said. 

First off the lines, Model 847-B provides 88-108 me M, 
standard broadcasts and automatic phonograph. It features a contem¬ 
porary modem cabinet in genuine walnut veneers with a moderate 
price of $269. 95. 

To assure itself of adequate supplies of hardwood for rad¬ 
io and radio-phonograph cabinets, Philco Corporation went into the 
lumber business last year by purchasing a bout 100,000,000 feet of 
standing timber in North and South Carolina and installing a modern 
band sawmill and the latest-type logging equipment, John Ballantyne, 
President, informed stockholders, 

Philco produced more than 6,250,000 board feet of cabinet 
woods during the last eight months of 1946 and provided 50$ of the 
lumber used in all its wood cabinets during the year, Mr. Ballan¬ 
tyne stated. 

"The shortage of cabinet woods is still acute”, according 
to Mr. Ballantyne, "so the ownership of these timber resources and 
processing facilities should contribute in substantial measure to 
the output of Philco console radios and radiophonographs in 1947. 

Emerson Radio and phonograph Corp. and Subsidiaries - 
Thirteen weeks to Feb. 1: Net profit after 8557,476 taxes was 
$642,394, equal to 81.60 a share, compared with $141,0.93 or 35 cents 
a share for thirteen weeks to Feb. 2, 1946, when $95,667 was provid¬ 
ed for t axes. 

The nineteenth anniversary of the American Forum of the 
Air over MBS was celebrated recently. Among those participating 
were Irvin P. Sulds, producer; T.A.M. Craven, Vice-President of 
Cowles Broadcasting Co.; Sen. Charles W. Tobey (R), of New Hampshire, 
one of theparticipants in the 19th anniversary and. panel discussion 
on how far a regulated industry should be subject to anti-trust 
laws (Bulwinkle bill); Theodore Granik, Chairman and founder of the 
forum; Judge Thurman Arnold, former Assistant Attorney General, 
slso a 19th anniversary panel member; Charter Heslep, Washington 
representative of MBS; and Wendell 3erge, until recently Assistant 
Attorney General, anti-trust division, 




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Founded in 1924 


Radio — Television 

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2400 California Street, N. W. 

Washington 8, D. C. 


D. Heinl, Editor 

Black And White TV Boom Seen Following FCC Color Decision.1 

Radio Seen Doing All Right - But Could Do A Lot Better.4 

Halsey Sans Mikado’s Horse And Saddle, New T. Director.5 

Commodore Webster Confirmed As FCC Commissioner...5 

NA3-ASCAP Parley Proves Friendly Get together.6 

Donald MacGregor New'Zenith Vice-President.6 

Paley, CBS, and Durr, v>cc, Receive "Variety" Awards.7 

Benton Bangs Eeck At McDonald Over State Dept. Broadcasts.8 

Miss Truman, Radio Surprise Of Year, Wins Public’s Heart.9 

Still prefers External To Built-In FM Antennas.11 

Sees Black And White TV For Next Five Years.12 

Gov. Gates Of Indiana Vetoes Anti-ASCAP Bill.......13 

Won Oh Horses; Lost To FCC.13 

NAB Tells Congress How It Stands On Labor.13 

Scissors And Paste.14 

Trade Notes. 16 

No. 1767 

March 20, 1947 


One prediction made in connection with the Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission rejecting the plan of the Columbia Broadcast¬ 
ing System for color television is that many will now lose no time 
getting aboard the black and white television band wagon. One of 
the first persons to be heard from following the decision was J. R. 
Poppele, President of the Television Broadcasters' Association, who 
had fought hard against color, and who said: 

"The public can expect the production and manufacture of 
television receivers to be accelerated greatly and the number of 
applicants for commercial black and white television stations to be 
increased materially during the next few months. " 

The FCC didn't entirely close the door in the face of 
Columbia. It said: 

"In reaching this decision, the Commission does not desire 
to minimize in any way the advances that have been made in the dev¬ 
elopment of color television. On the contrary, the Commission is 
of the opinion that Columbia Broadcasting System, Dr. Goldmark and 
the people who have worked under him are to be commended for their 
continuing interest in the field and for the great strides that they 
have made in this field in so short a period. The Commission, how¬ 
ever, cannot escape the conclusion that many of the fundamentals of 
a color television system have not been adequately field tested and 
that need exists for further experi mentation along the lines noted 
above. It is honed that all persons with a true interest in the 
future of color television will continue their exnerimentation in 
this field in the hone that a satisfactory system can be developed 
and demonstrated at the earliest nossible date." 

It was the general conclusion of the FCC that with facil¬ 
ities in the radio spectrum for only one system of color television 
that further experimentation should be made to see which one that 
should be. "The Commission cannot escape the conclusion that many 
of the fundamentals of a color television system have not been ade¬ 
quately field tested. " 

Highlights of the decision follow: 

"It should be pointed out that tne only color television 
system as to which Commission approval is requested in this proceed¬ 
ing is that proposed by Columbia, During the hearing Radio Corpora¬ 
tion of America demonstrated another color television system. This 
Is the so-called simultaneous system where each picture is scanned 
simultaneously in three colors - red, green and blue - and these 
transmissions are sent simultaneously on three different channels 
and are combined at the receiver to produce a color image. Radio 
Corporation of America did not advance this system as one which 
should be approved at this time. RCA stated that its system was 


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still in the laboratory stage but presented it to the Commission 
as representing a system which could be developed for commercial 
use in four or five years and which, according to RCA, has many 
advantages over the sequential system. * * * * 

"The answer lies in the nature of television and the fact 
that there are not enough frequencies available in the 480 to 920 
megacycle band for more than one color television system. In tele¬ 
vision the receiver and transmitter are in effect components of one 
integrated system, oj*, expressed in another manner, the transmitter 
and receiver are related to each other as a lock and key. Unless 
they are both designed to meet certain fundamental standards, the 
receiver will be unable to accept the transmissions from the trans¬ 
mitter. For example, let us consider the method of transmitting 
tne color. The metnod proposed by Columbia is the sequential method. 
RCA has proposed as an alternative the simultaneous method. Still 
otner possibilities exist. Receivers that are built for the sequen¬ 
tial system would not be able to receive programs from television 
stations broadcasting on a simultaneous system or on another system. 

"The metnod of transmitting color is only one of the many 
fundamental standards that have to be fixed. In addition, mention 
might be made of number of lines, frame rate, type of sound system, 
etc. In all of these cases, the receiver must be constructed to the 
same standards as the transmitter if they ere to be able to receive 
the programs. If at any time a broadcast company should change any 
one of the above standards, all the receivers which it previously 
serviced would immediately become useless. Unlike the automobile or 
vacuum cleaner which remains capable of operation after a new model 
is brought out, a change in any one of the fundamental standards at 
the transmitter would immediately make all receivers built for the 
old standards obsolete. 

"Thus, it is obvious that before permitting a new televi¬ 
sion service to become established on a regular basis, a decision 
must first be made on fundamental standards. Otherwise, manufactur¬ 
ers of receivers could not start to build receivers, and the public 
could not purchase receivers with any confidence that they would be 
able to receive programs from ell television stations, or that 
their receivers would not become useless immediately after they were 
purchased if the existing stations should change any of the funda¬ 
mental standards. Under these conditions, it is entirely unlikely 
that television receivers would be bought on any mass basis. The 
Justification for allocating so much of the radio spectrum to tele¬ 
vision broadcasting ~ 78 megacycles for Channels 1-13 and 440 mega¬ 
cycles for experimental television - is that television is an import¬ 
ant medium for bringing news, education, culture and entertainment 
to large segments of the population. With the great demand for fre¬ 
quencies on the part of the other radio services which cannot be met 
in full, the Commission would not feel justified in allocating so 
many frequencies to television at the expense of the other radio 
services, if it were inevitably destined to be limited to small 
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"Before approving proposed standards, the Commission must 
be satisfied not only that the system proposed will work, but also 
that the system is as good as can be exoected within any reasonable 
time in the foreseeable future. In addition, the system should be 
capable of permitting incorporation of better performance character¬ 
istics without requiring a change in fundamental standards. Other¬ 
wise, the danger exists that the standards will be set before fun¬ 
damental developments have been made, with the result that the oub- 
lic would be saddled with an inferior service, if the new changes 
were not adopted, or if they were adopted, receivers already in the 
hands of the public would be rendered useless. 

"Judged by the foregoing test, the Commission is of the 
view that the standards for color television proposed by Columbia 
Broadcasting System should not be adopted. In the Commission’s opin¬ 
ion the evidence does not show that they represent the optimum per¬ 
formance which may be expected of a color television system within 
a reasonable time. The Commission bases this conclusion on two 
grounds. In the first place, the Commission believes that there 
nas not been adequate field testing of the system for the Commission 
to be able to proceed with confidence that the system will work ade¬ 
quately in practice. Secondly, the Commission is of the opinion 
that there may be other systems of transmitting color which offer 
the possibility of cheeper receivers and narrower band widths that 
have not yet been fully explored. 

"Before approving a new system of television, it is indis¬ 
pensable that there be an adequate urogram of field testing. Receiv¬ 
ers and transmitters must be subjected to numerous tests over a long 
period of time and at a diversified set of locations and operating 
conditions so that operation under average home conditions is closely 
aporoximated. Without such field testing, there is no assurance 
that all fundamental defects have been eliminated. There is a great 
difference between the performance of a system in a leboratorv with 
trained personnel and its operation in the home by the average citi¬ 
zen. In the histor/ of electronics there have been developments which 
looked promising in theory and even in operation in the laboratory 
but which revealed such fundamental defencts when subjected to ade¬ 
quate field testing that they had to be abandoned entirely. 

"The record in this case discloses that while Columbia has 
done an extensive amount of testing of its system, most of it has 
been in the laboratory or under controlled conditions. No extensive 
testing under widely varying circumstances has been attempted. For 
example, all experimentation has been confined to one station in New 
York City. Furthermore, from the record it does not appear that at 
any time have there been more than 15 receivers in operation and 
all of these were in the hands of Columbia. In this connection, it 
mignt be pointed out that before standards were adopted for mono- 
cnrome television, there were at least seven stations in operation 
in several cities and several thousand television receivers were 
outstanding, a good part of them in the hands of members of the pub¬ 
lic. " 


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In a three-cornered debate over WPIK, one of the newer 
stations in Washington, D. C. , last Sunday, "Is Radio Doing A Good 
Job?" the participants seemed to hold divergent views. Those who 
battled it out were Alan Barth,, an editorial writer of the W ashing¬ 
ton Post , which has its own station WINX, A. D. ("Jess") Willard,Jr. , 
of the National Association of Broadcasters, and Robert K. Richards, 
editorial director of Broadcasting magazine, 

Mr. Willard opened by saying that people spent more time 
listening to the radio than any ether occupation save sleeping and 
working, therefore radio must be good. 

Mr. Richards said radio is doing a good job, the listen¬ 
ers are doing a good job but the ECC is falling down in its respons¬ 

Mr. Barth, in his introductory remarks, said: 

"No flat answer can be a fair one to the question, 1 Is 
radio doing its job?* In many respects radio is undoubtedly doing 
a good job - a better job than in any other country. But it’s fair 
to say, I think, that it isn f t doing as good a job as it’s capable 
of doing - or as good a job as the public interest, in a time of 
terrible confusion, requires. 

"The reason is that radio is still one rated too largely 
in the interest of advertisers rather than in the interest of list¬ 
eners. Broadcasters need to recapture, as some have done already, 
the control over their programming which they have too largely turn¬ 
ed over to advertising agencies and sponsors. They need to curb 
commercialism - both in the form of tedious and tasteless advertis¬ 
ing plugs and in the form of stereotyped entertainment - and they 
need to balance their commercial shows with more sustaining programs 
and local live programs. 

"Since radio derives all its revenue from advertising, 
it's important, of course, that it should prove effective as a sales 
mechanism. Naturally, this means it must focus on mass entertain¬ 
ment. But to do its full job, it must take into account minority 
tastes as well as the taste of the majority. And it must provide 
more than entertainment. It must serve as a tool of the democratic 
process - by affording the public the information and the forum for 
discussion necessary to the solution of controversial public prob¬ 
lems. " 

Mr. Barth made some reference to soap operas and someone 
asked him if he had ever listened to this type of offerings before 
complaining about them. Ba.rth replied that he had once been sick 
and listened to them until he was sicker. 



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Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., a native of Elizabeth, 

N.J., is a new member of the Board of Directors of the International 
Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. As Fleet Admiral during the 
latter stages of the war against Japan, Admiral Halsey * Commander 
of the Third Fleet entered Tokyo Bay on August 29, 1945 on the 
U. S.S.MISSOURI. It was aboard the MISSOURI that the Japanese Imper¬ 
ial Government surrendered to General Douglas Mac Arthur and Admiral 
Chester Nimitz. 

On a goodwill tour through Latin America in the Summer of 
1946, Admiral Halsey was awarded the following decorations: Grand 
Master of the National Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil, Order 
of Naval Merit from Cuba, the Order of the Liberator from Venezuela, 
the Order of Ayacucho from Peru, and Chile’s Grand Cross of the 
Legion of Merit. Ecuador awarded him her highest medal of Abdon 
Calderon; Colombia and Panama the Grand Crosses of Boyaca and 
Balboa, while Guatemala made him a Supreme Chief in the Order of the 
Que t zal. 

Leonard Jacob II, who has been associated with the I. T. 

& T. for more than twenty years, has been elected a Vice-President 
of that system. 

A native of New Rochelle, New York, Mr. Jacob was gradu¬ 
ated from Williams College in 1916. Following World War I, in 
which he served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, Mr. Jacob 
was with W. R. Grace & Company until 1923 when he joined All America 
Cables and Radio, Inc., I. T. & T.’s Central and South American 
telegraph affiliate. In 1928 he was made an assistant Vice-Presi¬ 
dent of I. T. & T. and Managing Director of the fompanhia Radio 
Internacional do Brasil, the corporation’s communications subsidiary 
in Brazil. He was elected a Second Vice-President of I. T. & T. in 
February 1944. 



As had been expected, Commodore Edward M. Webster, U. S. 
Coast Guard, retired, was confirmed without opposition as a member 
of the Federal Communications Commission. The Senate took this ac¬ 
tion Tuesday, March 18th. Commodore Webster is to fill the unexpir¬ 
ed term of seven years from July 1, 1942. 

The only objection that could be seen to Webster’s confirm¬ 
ation was that like Commissioner E. K. Jett, he was an independent 
politically. Webster is a native of Washington and has been in the 
Government service all his life and has never voted. He expects to 
take office about April 15th, if not sooner. 




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The NAB Music Advisory Committee and a committee from 
ASCAP met in New York Tuesday, March 18th. NAB President Judge 
Justin Miller, in opening the meeting stated that the broadcasting 
industry is responding to a suggestion made by John Paine, General 
Manager of ASCAP, that discussion regarding future relations between 
the Society and the industry seemed advisable. He introduced 
Theodore C. Streibert, WOR, Chairman of the NAB Committee, who in 
turn presented Mr. Paine. 

Mr. Paine stated that ASCAP was happy at the relationship 
that had grown up over the recent years between the Society and the 
broadcasters. The only problems that exist, he observed, can be 
eliminated if both parties will devote themselves seriously to 
their solution. 

After a lengtny and friendly discussion, Judge Miller sug¬ 
gested to Mr. Streibert that special sub-committees be appointed to 
consider each of these problems. Both Mr. Streibert and Mr. Paine 
accepted this suggestion. The sub-committees will be named later 
and meet promptly and report back respectively to the NAB and ASCAP 
full committees by May 12, 1947. The joint NAB-ASCAP Committee is 
scneduled to meet again on May 13. 



Donald MacGregor, formerly Executive Vice-president of 
Webster-Chicago Corooration, has been elected Vice-President in 
Charge of Production, of the Zenith Radio Corooration. 

"Mr. Ma cGregor has been actively engaged in one phase or 
another of radio manufacturing sinze the very early days of broad¬ 
casting", said E. F. McDonald, Zenith President. 

"He began his business career with the Belden Manufactur¬ 
ing Company in 1920, where as Assistant Manager of the Cable Deoart- 
ment, ne was soon suoplying transmission cables to broadcasting^sta¬ 
tions. From 1924 to 1930 he was Vice-President and General Manager 
of the All-American Mohawk Corporation, producers of radio com¬ 
ponents and complete sets. 

"After two years as Vice-President and General Manager of 
the Rauland Corporation, he was employed in 1933 by creditors of 
the Thorardson Electrical Manufacturing Company as General Manager 
of the company. In three years’ time he rebuilt Thordarson from a 
depression near-casualty into one of the strongest manufacturers in 
radio parts industry. 

"In 1937, as President of the Watsontown Cabinet Co., he 
began with an empty factory that had been idle for four years, and 
in two years had transformed it into one of the largest cabinet 
producers in the radio industry. 

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William S. Paley, Chairman of the Board of the Columbia 
Broadcasting System, and Clifford J. Durr, of the Federal Communi¬ 
cations Commission, received special awards in "Variety's” Annual 
survey of Showmanagement ". The usual awards were made to individual 

Text of citation to Mr. Paley read: 

"'Variety' this year presents a special award to the 
Columbia Broadcasting System’s Chairmen of the Board for being fore¬ 
most among industry leaders to invite public criticism and sugges¬ 
tion in a spirit of sincere and genuine cooperation. Wnen, last 
October, Paley stood before NAB convention in Chicago and tossed off 
his Paley primer On Programming as the most effective means of in¬ 
jecting a constructive hypo into the radio pattern and combating the 
wnolesale wave of criticism against the medium, it represented a 
courageous step. It was a (let's-put-our-house-in-order* note of 
caution that would inevitably invite a field day for skeotics un¬ 
less Paley’s own CBS took the initiative and did something about it. 
But perhaps they didn’t reckon on Paley, for already a noteworthy 
chapter has been written into the Primer. In a precedent-shattering 
move, paley is knocking off commercial shows at prime time in order 
to program a series of vital documentaries, thus exposing the shows 
to a potential audience numbering in the multi-millions. Further, 
he is promoting the improvement of international understanding by 
experimenting with new program techniques and by injecting a new 
note of realism in reporting the events of the world. 

"The presence and continuance of a voice such as his, 
within high places in American broadcasting, is essential if radio 
is to fulfill its brightest promise. To tnousands of practitioners 
in radio, in the creative and teclinical fields, the traditions of 
American radio which he most clearly articulates are a source of 
constant and renewing encouragement.” 

Commissioner Durr’s award read: 

"Clifford J. Durr is one of the few Commissioners in the 
history of the FCC who has been able to see the woods for the trees. 
By contrast with the lawyers and engineers who have usually been 
his colleagues, he has insisted that the decisive criterion of radio 
service is not primarily the coverage pattern, the balance sheet, 
or the subtleties of a practitioner before the FCC Bar, but what 
comes out of the loud-speaker: the program. It is preeminently Durr 
wno has refused to lend his assent to Commission decisions which 
might tend to corrode the foundations of a truly free and unmonopol¬ 
ized radio. It is Durr who has struck out sharply against inflated 
sale prices for facilities which are primarily the property of the 
public. And finally, it is Durr who has not hesitated to state his 
position publicly and in lucid terms, stumping the country from end 
to end to preach the gospel of democracy in radio. 


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"To the Great Dissenter of the present FCC; the guardsman 
of the American people’s stake in the air they nominally own and 
the most showmansgement-minded Commissioner on the FCC, ’Variety’ 
extends its esteem and its 1946 Award. " 

Plaque awards were: 

How To Run A Radio Station - WN3C, New York; WHDH, Boston 

E xpanding Radio’s Social Usefulness ; WEEI, Boston, 

KUOM, Minneapolis; WKY, Oklahoma City. 

Responsibility To The Community : KLZ, Denver;WSTV, 
Steubenville; WNYC, New York; WAVE, Louisville. 

Imagination In Promotion : KSTP, Minneapolis 

O utstanding Serv i ce To The Fa r mer : KM A, She nan do ami; 

WLS, Chicago. 

Fostering Racial Understanding : WS3, Atlanta; WINX, 
Washington, D. C. 

Among the stations which came in for special mention were: 

WIND, Chicago: Ralph Atlas s’ sports-minded indie was that 
in spades during 1946 and gave its listeners some notable on-the- 
spot news coverage. 

W3BM, Chicago: Did a headsup job on behalf of Negro cult¬ 
ure and their contributions to America and on behalf of Negro-white 



Upon receipt of a letter from Commander E. F. McDonald,Jr. 
opposing the proposition of the Government’s ’’getting its foot" into 
broadcasting through the State Department’s overseas programs and 
then maybe taking over the entire broadcasting business, Senator 
C. Wayland Brooks (R), of New York, inserted the letter in the 
C ongressional Record (March 12). Senator Brooks followed through by 
printing an answer to the charges in tne Record (March 17) from 
William Benton, Assistant Secretary of State. 

Secretary Benton said, in part: 

"Commander McDonald sxiows lack of familiarity with cer¬ 
tain aspects of the problem when he compares international broadcast¬ 
ing to newspapers and magazines, and states, 'There is no more 
reason for the Government to own and operate broadcasting stations 
than there is for it to publish newspapers and magazines.’ 

"As a matter of fact, the Government does publish one mag¬ 
azine for distribution abroad, the magazine Amerika, in Russian. 

This is the only magazine from the United States which the Russian 
Government will allow to circulate in Russia. * ■* * * 


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H I hope that the State Department will be able shortly to 
send to Congress the proposal I have developed for a plan which 
will take the international broadcasting out of the Department. 

The substance of the plan was approved by Secretary Marshall the 
day he left for Moscow. The plan is now being reviewed by the 
Bureau of the Eudget. It covers or implicitly answers some of the 
points raised by Commander McDonald. In my opinion, it is, as 
developed, the most satisfactory plan possible in the present cir¬ 
cumstances. * * * M(y hope is that final congressional action will 
provide a set-up which will give to Commander McDonald and to me 
and to the radio industry what we are all seeking: a voice of 
America oversees that is truly representative of our American life. " 



There is the eternal question of how an ex-president may 
earn a living but no such contingency can arise with a President’s 
daughter who can sing as well as Miss Truman. Radio offered her e 
history-making break and she more than made good. That Miss Truman 
had such a promising voice was the radio surprise of the season. 

Being the daughter of such a popular president, friends were pre¬ 
pared to be polite no matter what kind of a singer she turned out 
to be. Those in the know admired her courage in choosing a radio 
debut but many feared that the cold and merciless microphone which 
not only shows up the slightest imperfections but magnifies them, 
feared that the mike might prove her undoing. 

Well we know now how happily it all turned out not only 
with Mr. and Mrs. John Q,. Listening Public but also with the hard 
boiled musicians. Newspapers showed so much interest in the event 
that in addition to the professional musical criticism, many of them 
carried editorials. Noel Straus, New York dimes ’ cricit wrote: 

"Miss m ruraan must have been aware that her singing was be¬ 
ing heard by the largest audience that ever tuned in for any artist 
on the air. She could not help realizing that not only the immense 
listening public, but, as a component part of that public, every 
vocalist, every singing teacher and vocal student who had access 
to a radio set, was critically appraising her voice and her inter¬ 

"In addition, the fact that she was singing with a major 
orchestra, a completely new experience for her, might easily have 
proved a handicap. Yet, in spite of these circumstances, which 
excusably would have intimidated any artist of long experience on 
the concert platform, Miss Truman delivered each of her offerings 
with a poise and self-control wortny of the keenest admiration. 

"Her tones were steady and firm from the start of her 
group of contributions. * * * 

"Miss Truman's lyric voice was sweet and appealing in qual¬ 
ity in each of the three selections. It was especially pleasing in 
texture in the middle and upper registers of the extensive range, 
while the scale was even throughout the entire compass, all of the 
tones being well matched in timbre. 


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"The phrasing was careful and the legato smooth in all 
this singing. Moreover, Miss Truman’s work from start to finish 
had an allure that resulted from a deep sincerity and an unaffected 
simplicity of approach. 

"There was a sensitive feeling for melodic outline in 
"Cielito Lindo' that also marked Miss Truman’s singing in her other 
numbers. The popular tune, which was given in the original Spanish, 
was presented with spirit, refinement and sensitivity of feeling. 

"The flexibility of the voice was demonstrated in 'Charm- 
ant Oiseau', the celebrated coloratura area which Miss Truman pre¬ 
sented in its entirety, instead of limiting herself to but one^ of 
the stanzas, as has often been done. The aria afforded oooortunity 
for the youthful artist to display her prowess in high staccato 
notes, in rapid scales and other tecnnical feats, and when she arriv¬ 
ed at the formidable cadenza at the close, the three D's in 'alt' 
proved well within the compass of the voice. " 

The Ne^ r York Times said, editorially: 

"The critics spoke of such things as tone, breathing, 
range, phrasing and pitch. They were on the whole, encouraging. 

But the mainly untutored 15,000,000, if their comments could be 
heard, might add something more. They felt a warmth and sweetness 
that were not dependent on accidental circumstances. Margaret Tru¬ 
man would have been like this if her father had remained a small 
Missouri business man and had not been forced by the burdens of a 
great task to neglect his own piano playing. She has a native sim¬ 
plicity, sensitiveness and sincerity. One doesn't know how far she 
will go in the stenrly competitive musical field. But she won 
many hearts, and her father and mother have a right to be croud of 
her. " 

Miss Alice Eversman, music critic of the Washington Star, 


"The American public found last night that an exceptional 
talent was presented to it in the radio debut of Margaret Truman. 
Singing with the Detroit Symphony under the direction of Karl Krueg¬ 
er, her lovely soprano voice was heard across the nation for the 
first time, pure and appealing in timbre, it came over the air 
waves with assurance in Padilla's 'Cielito Lindo', the aria, 

' Cnarmant Oiseau' from David's 'La Perle du Bresil' and the beloved 
song, 'The Last Rose of Summer'. The flexibility of Miss Truman's 
voice in the agility passages of the aria, where her runs were 
clear and true, has the natural elasticity that augurs w r ell for an 
operatic career. 

"The measure of her talent went deeper, however. It lay 
in the warmth and expressiveness of ner tones, such as few singers 
today can claim, and the genuine feeling that gave them propulsion. 
Already she has style as in the spirited delivery of the Spanish 
song and the broad, well planned phrases of the aria but it was the 
simple melody of 'The Lest Rose of Summer' that her special singer's 
gift was revealed. Her voice is of wide range and well schooled in 
breath control and phrasing. Its quality reaches the heart, an asset 
not to be learned. The daughter of President and Mrs. Truman won 
the big heart of the American people last night who will follow 
^ith unabating interest the unfolding of a career that can be def¬ 
initely hers and which began so auspiciously with her successful 
radio appearance. 



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Suggestions by William R. Hutchins, Manager of Station 
WFMR, New Bedford, Mass., with respect to a campaign they were mak¬ 
ing in New Bedford for external antennas for FM sets, which appear¬ 
ed in our issue of February 5th, brought forth a letter to Mr. 
Hutchins from J. E. Brown, Assistant Vice-President of the Zenith 
Radio Corporation in Chicago favoring built-in antennas. We re¬ 
printed Mr. Brown's letter March 5th. 

Now we are privileged to present herewith Mr. Hutchins* 


"I was interested to get your letter of February 17th. 

We feel here that even with the Zenith line cord antenna, an exter¬ 
nal antenna mounted on the roof or in the attic of the house will 
almost invariably do a better job. I agree with you that the Zenith 
line cord antenna is better than any of the other built-in antennas 
that have come to our attention. 

"Tn this area everybody will want to hear stations in 
excess of 25 miles away as New Bedford is approximately 30 miles 
from Providence which will have several of the FM stations intended 
to cover this territory. For that reason especially we feel that 
external antennas are going to be necessary in the great majority 
of cases for satisfactory reception. Our own transmitter is going 
to be about 16 miles from the center of New Bedford. By starting 
the cajnpaign for external antennas, we hope to avoid disappoint¬ 
ments later on and a consequent souring of people's attitude toward 
FM in general. 

"While the line cord antenna is frequently satisfactory, 
we know of cases within 12 miles of our present installation where 
it is completely insufficient and yet even a detuned and hastily 
erected dipole outside of the house gives perfect reception. 

"By all means continue installing the line cord antenna 
but please don't try to give the people the impression that it will 
always give them satisfactory reception. In some cases also we 
have noticed that heavy line noise seems to get through into the 
Zenith audio system. Does the use of the line cord antenna preclude 
adequate power line filtering? 


The illegal Spanish Republican radio, after 10 years of 
unbroken silence, was back on the air again last week calling for 
"liberty, democracy and social justice" for the Spanish people, 

French police have been searching fruitlessly throughout 
four provinces for the hidden transmitter. 


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Regarding the decision of the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission 1 s regarding color television, the New York Times said 

"Two systems of transmitting and receiving television are 
at present in laboratory competition. One is the ’sequential', 
the other the ’simultaneous’. The names almost explain themselves. 

In the 'sequential' system three primary colors are transmitted 
with flashlike rapidity, one after tne other, in the form of appro¬ 
priate electric impulses, picked up by a receiver and presented to 
the eye in the proper order - all so rapidly that it is impossible 
to detect the process. In the 'simultaneous' system the three col¬ 
ors are separated by a special camera and photo-cells, transmitted 
all at once, picked up by three tubes and projected simultaneously 
on the screen - again with deceptive rapidity. 

’’The Federal Communications Commission has now decided 
that the sequential system is not yet good enough and therefore 
refuses to permit the erection by the Columbia Broadcasting System 
of a suitable transmitting station. Neither is the simultaneous 
system good enough, as its champions admit. So we shall have to 
look at black-and-white images for at least five years - the time 
required for the development of bright, flickerless, clear color 
television. If the public wonders why it cannot buy whatever color 
television receiver it wants, in accordance with the principle of 
free enterprise, it will have to content itself with the FCC’s answer 
that there simply is not space enough in the radio spectrum for more 
than one color television system, and that if this little space is 
to be preempted it must be by a well-nigh faultless system. More¬ 
over, a color transmitter bears to a color receiver the relation of 
lock to key, so that if the wrong keys are bought now there is no 
hope that they will fit the locks of the future. 

"The reasons given by the FCC for its decision are techn¬ 
ically sound. But it snould not be overlooked that there is an 
immediate market for about $200,000,000 worth of black-and-white re¬ 
ceivers, and that this market would be considerably reduced if im¬ 
perfect out not wholly unsatisfactory color television were intro¬ 
duced. Half a century ago we let the disk and cylinder sound¬ 
recording companies fight it out, with the result that disk compan¬ 
ies won. No one worried about any financial loss to the public when 
it became necessary to change from cylinder to disk machines. The 
fact that the ether is already overcrowded invalidates the analogy 
to some extent. Nevertheless, the public wi 11 wonder what has be¬ 
come of free enterprise. It will also wonder if television must be 
monopolized by the company that has had the foresight to develop a 
system of color transmission and reception which will be acceptable 
to the FCC. And it will sigh. Poor television’ It has been ’just 
around the corner’ for twenty years. Even at this late day there are 
only about 10,000 receivers in use - all black and white. 


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Governor Raloh F. Gates, of Indiana, last week vetoed 
a copyright bill which was directed against the operation of the 
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ( ASCAP) in 
that State. 

In his message to the General Assembly, the Governor said: 
"I am advised by the Attorney General that this Act is open to ser¬ 
ious Constitutional questions. Furthermore, it deals with a subject 
which, in my opinion, can only properly be dealt with on a national 
level. If any legislation along the lines of this Act is to become 
law, it should be by action of the Federal Congress. " 

Under the provisions of the bill, the owners of copyright 
musical works were forbidden to operate in conjunction with other 
copyright owners to enforce the public performance of their works. 



The position of the National Association of Broadcasters 
with respect to pending labor legislation was made known to Congress 
this week by NAB president Justin Miller in letters to the Chairmen 
of the Senate and House of Representatives Labor Committees. 

Emphasizing that the secondary boycott has been "the most 
critical, but by no means the only collective bargaining abuse per¬ 
petrated by certain unions on the radio industry", Judge Miller con¬ 

"The broadcasters of the nation want Congress to enact a 
sound national labor policy which: (1) affords all parties equal 
protection under the law; (2) makes labor contracts enforceable and 
the parties thereto mutually responsible; (3) protects industry from 
Jurisdictional strikes; (4) safeguards the economic system from such 
coercive and monopolistic union practices as featherbedding, the 
extraction of royalty payments, and the use of the union label as an 
instrument of boycott. " 


Two men attempting to beat the horses with radio were 
arrested a.t tne Santa. Anita race track on March 6th. Equipped with 
a pocket transmitter, one is said to have flashed the progress of 
races to his confederate on the outside so the latter co 1 Id make 
"sure bets". 

The illegal signals from the race track were first spot¬ 
ted by FCC monitors. A direction finder was secretly installed in 
the stands which showed that the transmitter was being used on the 
lam" near the finish line. Portable listening devices carried by 
FCC field men finally converged on the unlawful operator. 

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Kobak Gleefully Hailed As Heed Of Radio Advertising G-roup 

"Editor & Publisher”) 

Maybe it’s the Soring in the air; or maybe it’s because 
the American Tobacco Co. has just signed a new three-year contract 
for Jack Benny 1 s show. . . 

We're in a happy mood about radio. 

The real reason might be found in the announcement that 
Edgar Kobak of Mutual Broadcasting System has been named Chairman 
of an intra-industry committee on standa.rds of urogram and advertis¬ 

A yesr ago, Editor & Publisher heralded the Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission report on the radio industry's faults as a 
document to be considered carefully by publishers with broadcasting 
inclinations. We dubbed it "The Blue Book” - a name that has stuck - 
because of its cover hues, not because of its woes. 

Through the year the Blue Book has been damned, and it has 
been used as a soapbox platform by the radicals who would play upon 
public ignorance. The FCC treatise is not entirely accurate, or 
fair, in its accusations, but it still stands as a pretty sensible 
criticism of radio's failure to heed the tastes of minorities and 
its refusal to be moderate in use of the public domain for commer¬ 

Mr. Kobak's committee takes cognizance of the Blue Book's 
importance in these respects and aims to arouse the industry to a 
code of public service. Charles G-. Mortimer of G-eneral Foods Coro, 
puts it well when he says: "If the goose that laid the golden egg 
has the pip, it's sensible to see what's the matter." 

How easily radio might reform some of its ulug-ugly prac¬ 
tices is being demonstrated Sunday nights by Mr. Benny, now that 
Mr. Riggio, and not Mr. Hill, rules the Lucky Strike urogram. Come 
March 16, we are told, Mr. B. will have a special quartet render 
the area - LSMFT - Messrs. Crosby, Russell, Haymes and Day. Wow.' 

FM Ra.dio St at ion L icense Sought B y Red-F ro nt Outfi t 

— TLyle C. Wilson, United Pressj 

It looks like the American Communists have hit it rich in 
a new propaganda gold mine. 

Pending before the Federal Communications Commission is a 
frequency modulation broadcasting application in the name of Peoples 
Ra.dio Foundation, Inc., P.R. F. for short. The license is sought for 
a New York City station. 

P.R.F. is speckled almost black with Communists, fellow 
travellers, Communist organizations and Communist fronts. If the 
application is approved, the Communist party line may be expected to 
flow steadily from the proposed station over a listening area esti¬ 
mated to contain about 16,000,000 persons. 



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The New Leader, which keeos an unusually watchful eye on 
American Communists, reports that among the stockholders, indorsers 
and/or directors of P.R. F, is the International Workers Order. This 
fraternal association is recorded on Page 100 of the House Commit¬ 
tee's 1944 report on unAmerican activities as "a subservient instru¬ 
ment of the Communist party in the United States.” I.W.o. claims a 
membership of 155,000 and, as of some years ago, assets of $1,899,- 
611 - and an income of about $1,000,000 annually. This income is 
important beoause the congressional report goes on to say. 

"Not only does the International Workers Order support the 
Communist party and its official organs but it renders the Commu¬ 
nist movement incalculable service by supporting Communist-inspired 
front organizations both financially and organizationally." 

Financial support seems to be the I.W.O. function in this 


K ids Seek Dividend Paying Question s 
["Handel Linn in "Collier 1 s tt ) 

Teacher to teacher: "Radio programs are ruining this 
school. Every time a pupil answers a question, he wants to get 
paid. " 

T V Conver ts 10 0 Year Old Chicago Merchant To Radi o 

("Minneapolis Sunday Tribune"7~ 

On his 100th birthday, a radio network invited Henry L. 
Lytton, owner of the Hub store in Chicago, to address the nation 
and the announcer turned up with a prepared script, "What's that 
paper you got there?" the old man demanded. "If you're expecting 
to put words into my moutn, we all might as well go home. I say 
what I please, radio or no radio.'" 

All argument failed and the uneasy announcer put an un¬ 
rehearsed Lytton on the air - and led with his chin. After the 
introduction the announcer asked: "And how do you like radio, Mr. 

"I don’t like it. Not a little bit", the old merchant 
replied distinctly. The announcer laughed - not very convincingly - 
and explained he wasn't thinking of the urograms but of radio as 
an advertising medium. 

"It's no good", Lytton said, and the announcer didn't 
bring up the matter of radio again. However, last December, Lytton 
astounded his advertising staff by ordering a radio program to 
publicize his store. 

"Not old-fashioned radio, though", he said. "Get televi¬ 
sion. I want to soonsor the hockey games. Television has a future." 


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A permit for construction of an FM station in Chicago 
has been granted to the American Broadcasting Comoany by the Feder¬ 
al Communications Commission. It will have an antenna of 595 feet 
which will be located on the roof of the Civic Opera House. 

A new type electrically ooerated, coaxial transfer switch, 
the first one of its kind to be produced for use with radar type 
altimeters, which makes possible the use of a single pair of 
antennas for operation of two separate radar altimeters, has been 
announced by the RCA Engineering Products Department. 

Farms reoorting in the 1945 Census as having radios were 
4,264,007. Farms having electricity in dwellings were 2,787,624. 

"The past is prologue", Maurice B. Mitchell, Sales Manager 
of radio station WTOP, told members of the Women’s Advertising Club 
of Washington in a discussion of what lies ahead in radio. 

Present-type radios in five years will be worthless, Mr. 
Mitchell predicted. In their place will be frequency modulation 
sets equipped with television receivers. 

Wire recorders will solve the problems of record-playing 
in the near future, he also predicted. Tiny wires will record fav¬ 
orite music and can be used over and over again. 

The traditional ban against mentioning competing stations 
and networks has been lifted at WOR by Theodore C. Streibert, presi¬ 
dent of the station. In a directive to the staff, Mr. Streibert 
said, "We will no longer avoid mentioning the call letters of other 
radio stations and the names of other networks when they fit into 
the normal context ofnews items and other programs. The old radio 
industry taboo against such mentions was arbitrary and artificial." 
Mr. Streibert pointed out, however, that such mentions should not 
be in the form of a plug, nor should they lead to cross-plugging. 


"Won On Horses; Lost To FCC" continued from page 13) 

The latter worked with a woman. The latter observed the 
leading horses at the half and the three-quarter mark. Her partner 
sent a key signal which was picked up on the outside in time to 
make last-minute bets. 

The two men were booked on charges of operating unlicens¬ 
ed radio equipment. It required about a month of stalking by the 
Commission’s ether cops to localize them among the 50,000 and more 
people who jammed the track. 


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Radio — Television — FM — Communications 

2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

Robert D. Heinl, Editor 
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NiilS Kill! 

Congress On Air; Surprise Debut Via Committee Hearing.1 

Fort Industry Secures Detroit TV Permit; 500 Ft. Antenna.2 

FCC To Permit Use Of Telephone Recording Devices.3 

Utan Law protects Radio Stations.3 

Senate Okehs Daylight Time For Washington; Now Up To House.4 

NBC TV Tower Is New Capital Landmark; Day And Night . ....6 

Senator Taylor Compliments Commissioner Durr..6 

Broadcasts planned To Greece Desuite Reoorted Funds Cut.,.7 

Radio Execs Cited For Child Aid To Europe......,7 

Quick Sell-Out Of Television Sets In Los Angeles ^V Week......... 8 

Bob Richards Is New NAB Public Relations Head.9 

Radio Staging Comeback In Japan - But Slowly.. 9 

ASCAP Runs Out Red Carpet To Top Radio Executives.10 

U. S. Rules TV Isn’t "Live Entertainment 11 ; The re fore Not Taxable..10 

"Choose FM Antenna Carefully" - Advice From Service Head. ....... 11 

Would Give CBS Eig "E" For Color Try; Newspapers Warned.11 

Headliners To Set Fast Pace At First FM Regional Meeting.12 

Sir Harry Greer, British Television Pioneer, Dies...... .12 

Scissors And Paste... .......13 

Trade Notes 


No. 1768 

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March 26, 1947 


Senator pepper (D), of Florida, Representative John M. 
Coffee (D), of Washington, and others for years have been trying to 
secure permission to broadcast the oroceedings of Congress. Resolu¬ 
tion after resolution has been introduced but they have always been 
pigeon-holed. However, with no advance publicity and simply by ver¬ 
bal authorization a tremendous step towards cutting Congress on the 
air was taken lest Friday morning when, for the first time, micro¬ 
phones were permitted to pick up and Immediately broadcast testimony 
at a Congressional Committee meeting. 

It was a session from the Caucus Room of the House Office 
Building where the House Foreign Affairs Committee was questioning 
Undersecretary of State Dean Acheson on President Truman’s proposed 
appropriation for aid to Greece and Turkey. 

The pickup was reported of good broadcast quality, des¬ 
pite the fact that remarks by House Committee members were picked 
up by microphone from a public address speaker. Mr. Acheson sooke 
into a microphone. 

The Committee Chairman, Representative Eaton (R), of New 
Jersey, opened the meeting and Undersecretary of State Dean Acheson 
then was questioned by Representative John Kee of West Virginia and 
Representative Karl E. Mundt of South Dakota on the proposed aid to 
Greece and Turkey. Main content of the broadcast portion was defin¬ 
ing the situation which makes aid to Turkey necessary . . . namely 
the war of nerves being waged against Turkey by the Soviet Union. 

Mr. Acheson was also questioned on the amount of war reparations 
Greece is to receive from Italy. 

All this and more was heard by listeners who had the good 
fortune to be tuned in on radio history in the making. Previously 
recorded portions of Committee hearings had been broadcast but this 
was the first live pick-up. 

Preliminary arrangements for the broadcast were begun 
over a week ago by the National Broadcasting Comoany. Certain Com¬ 
mittee members were afraid that recordings might be edited in such 
a way as to give a false impression of the hearings to the public. 
Assurances from Richard Harkness, NBC commentator, and William R. 
McAndrews, NBC Director of News Events, however, were to the effect 
that the hearings would be covered ”impartially" and so overcame 

Nevertheless, on the first vote the Committee turned down 
the request but this was reversed at a subsequent session. Once per¬ 
mission was granted to NBC, the bars were let down to all networks. 
MBS had a direct pick—up to WOL, and WMAL for 43C recorded the entire 
testimony for editing. 


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Of the achievement, the Washington Post, In an editorial 
captioned "Congress on the Air", said: 

"For the first time in history, Americans on Friday 
heard a live radio broadcast of the oroceedings of a Congressional 
Committee when the National Broadcasting Co. carried a microphone 
into the Caucus Room of the House Office Building where Undersecret¬ 
ary of State Dean Ache son was testifying before the v cre ign Affairs 
Committee. The experiment will be repeated when Mr. Ache son goes 
before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. The occasion 
certainly warrants the interest of the radio reporters. The wide 
circulation given to Mr. Acheson’s words on a subject of great pub¬ 
lic significance - the proposed 400-million-dollar appropriation for 
aid to Greece and Turkey - seems thoroughly desirable. 

"Although there have been suggestions that all Congres¬ 
sional proceedings be broadcast, including the debates on the House 
and Senate floors, radio has thus far directly transmitted from the 
Capitol only special messages by the President and other distinguish¬ 
ed visitors. We have misgivings about keeping Congress steadily on 
the air. The effect might be to remove the appendix from the 
Congressional Recor d and convey all its contents to the microohone, 
substituting endless and perhaps empty oratory for the less glam¬ 
orous business of getting practical legislation framed. But there 
are times when Congress and its Committee proceedings ought to be 
heard. The selection of these occasions should be left, we think, 
to the private broadcasting companies. They are as much entitled, 
in our judgment, to take their microphones into public sessions on 
the Hill as newspaper reporters are entitled to take their notebooks 
and pencils. Radio merely broadens the range of rroceedings which 
Americans are free to hear if they are able to go to Capitol Hill in 



There will be something new in Detroit when the Fort 
Industry Company erects the new 500 foot television antenna (almost 
as high as the Washington Monument, which is 555 feet) authorized 
last week by the Federal Communications Commission. The Commission 
also issued to Fort Industry, of which Commander George 3. Storer 
Is President, and J. Harold Ryan, Vice-President, a construction 
permit for a new commercial television station in Detroit to operate 
on TV channel #2, 54-60 me., visual rower of 14.26 kw, and aural 
7.51 kw. 

The Commission recently granted a construction permit for 
a new television station to be erected in Toledo where the company 
operates WSPD. Likewise, Fort Industry has an application pending 
for the rurchase of WJBK in Detroit for S550,000, contingent upon 
the disposal of WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio. 


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The Federal Communications Commission Monday adopted a 
report looking toward authorization of recording devices in connec¬ 
tion with interstate and foreign message toll telephone service but 
postponed issuance of a final order in this proceeding rending a 
public engineering conference to be held April 21, 1947, upon which 
engineering standards to cover the use of these devices can be based. 

In its reoort the Commission found that there is a real 
and legitimate need for telephone recording devices; that their use 
does not impair the quality of telephone service; that parties to 
telephone conversations should have adequate notice that the same is 
being recorded; and that all such devices should be capable of be¬ 
ing physically connected to and disconnected from the telephone line 
at the will of the user. 

"Adequate notice", the report says, "will be given by the 
use of the automatic tone warning device, which would automatically 
produce a distinct signal that is repeated at regular intervals dur¬ 
ing the course of the telephone conversation when the recording 
device is in use. Both the telephone companies and the recorder 
manufacturers should also undertake a publicity program designed to 
inform telephone users generally of the use of telephone recording 
devices and of the import of the warning signal. Any publicity pro¬ 
gram should provide for the insertion of full page statements in 
telephone directories, informing the telephone using public of the 
nature and use of recording devices and describing in detail the 
operation and significance of the tone warning signal. In addition, 
tne telephone companies should make available a special telephone 
number which when dialed or called, would reproduce the warning 
sound. " 

The Commission further declared unlawful any tariff regu¬ 
lations now on file with it which bar the use of teleohone recording 
devices, and the telephone companies are to file tariff regulations 
tc cover their use. 


Governer Herbert B. Maw signed into law on Wednesday, 
March 19, a bill to exempt radio stations from liability for libel 
committed by political campaigners. The bill stipulated that sta¬ 
tion officials must Drove "they were not responsible for the libel 
and were unaware of the intentions of the campaigners, 



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The Senate on Monday approved the McGrath Bill giving 
District Commissioners the right to decide on daylight savings time 
for Washington, D. C. , after holding hearings. 

The vote was 56 to 17, with the help of Senator Robert A. 
Taft (R), of Ohio, Chairman of the Majority Policy Committee. 

Representative Everett M. Dirksen (R), of Illinois, immed¬ 
iately summoned his House District Committee to meet Friday and re¬ 
port out an identical bill. Only two members have opposed Summer 
time for the District. The bill may reach the House floor April 7th. 

Senator McGrath (D), of Rhode Island, advocating passage 
of his bill Monday, said that not only was it favored by a prepond¬ 
erance of the citizens of Washington but by all the radio stations 
and newspapers. Senator Overton (D), of Louisiana, opposing the 
bill declared it would place the Commissioners in the position of 
regulating time of Congress. 

"Furthermore", declared Senator Overton, "we would be out 
of line with the majority of cities of the United States. Some of 
them have da.ylight-saving time. However, all our radio programs 
would be out of line. I would not know when to listen to my favor¬ 
ite news commentators. I like to listen to my good friend Gabriel 
Heatter, who has a sonorous voice. " 

"Radio schedules are based on New York time, so that the 
District of Columbia would have the advantage of being on the same 
time as is the city of New York, thereby permitting the Senator 
from Louisiana to hear his favorite program at the usual time", 
Senator Saltonstall (r), of Massachusetts, interjected. 

"Why should the Senate follow Nev; York in everything?" 
Senator Overton retorted. "The Senate is an independent legislative 
body. Let it make up its own mind what it wants to do. If it wants 
daylight-saving time, let it consider the subject. Maybe it can 
save 2 hours instead of 1. It seems that everything has to be done 
in accordance with wha.t New York warts. I think it is time for this 
august body to assert its own independence. I do not believe we can 
improve on nature. So far as I am concerned, if daylight-saving time 
is established for the District of Columbia, I shall place a sign 
on my office to the effect that room 315 is not subject to daylight- 
saving time and, instead of arriving at my office at 10 o’clock, 
according to daylight-saving time, I shall arrive there at 11 o’clock 
in the morning. " 

"I should like to read a letter", said Senator May bank 
(D) of South Carolina. "I have been quite concerned about daylight- 
saving time. I tnink we should consider the question of whether or 
not to regulate the radio on God’s time rather than on daylight- 
saving time. 

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"I am very much impressed by what my friend from North 
Dakota (Mr. Langer ) has said. Several months ago I tock it upon 
myself to make an investigation, and a few weeks ago I wrote to Mr. 
Charles R. Denny, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, 
to see how the entire United States is being upset by the domina¬ 
tion of the radio interests of New York to the disadvantage of the 
farmers. With the permission of the Senator I should like to read 
the letter which I received from Mr. Denny: 

1,1 My dear Senator May bank: 

f I now have the data with which to answer your letter of March 
10, 1 947, concerning networks and stations operating in daylight- 
saving-time areas. 

’The 4 Nation-wide networks ha d a total of 749 affiliated sta¬ 
tions in July 1946. Of these, 194, or 25.9 percent were located in 
cities and communities which observed daylight-saving time in 1946. 
Each of the national networks had some outlets in daylight-saving¬ 
time areas. 

’A total of 965 stations were operating in July, 1 Q 46, Of these 
270, or 26 percent, were located in cities and communities which 
observed daylight-saving time in 1946, while 695, or 72 percent, were 
in communities which did not observe daylight-saving time. 

’With respect to your question concerning the percentage of the 
country which observed daylight-saving time, the latest year for which 
a 3tudy has been made is 1941, In that year, a compilation by the 
National Association of Broadcasters indicates that approximately 
35,000,000 people, or 25 percent of the population, resided in cities 
and communities which observed daylight-saving time. These 35,000,- 
000 Deople represented approximately 23 percent of the total radio 
families in the United States. 

’You may be interested to learn that a pamphlet which lists 
the cities and communities observing daylight-saving time is publish¬ 
ed annually by the Commerce and Industry Association, of 233 Broad¬ 
way, New York City. They have informed us by phone that they did 
not know of any population study of daylight-saving-time areas for 
1946 similar to the one referred to above for 1941. Further, they 
knew of no map which has been prepared which set forth the daylight- 
saving-time areas of the country. 

’I sincerely hope that the above information is adequate for 
your needs. In the event that any further information is desired, 
please do not hesitate to let me know. 

'Very truly yours, 

Charles R. Denny, Chairman’ 

"I asked for a map, so that everyone could see where the 
25 percent of the people live who benefit from daylight-saving time, 
while farmers in the Dakotas and the Carolines and elsewhere suffer. 

’’The letter from Mr. Denny shows that 28 percent of the 
people are the only beneficiaries, while others - especially the 
farmers, - suffer from a lack of marketing news, including a know¬ 
ledge of the price of wheat, cotton, or corn. 


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Whoever selected the site for the NBC television tower 
in Washington should send in a large bill to the company each month 
for the extra free advertising NBC gets. Very likely the location 
of the tower came about through the fact that the studios of the new 
television station WNBW are to be established in Wardman Park Hotel 
wnich occupies one of the high bluffs overlooking a large portion 
of the very desirable Northwest Washington, The most conspicuous 
daytime landmark in that part of the city is the Washington Cathedral. 
The new 350 feet NBC television tower, of course, in no way compares 
with that but nevertheless is seen by most everyone who is able to 
see the Cathedral. 

At night the beacon lights on the television tower are 
really as conspicuous in their area as the red lights in the top of 
the Washington Monument, As one drives north on Massachusetts, 
Connecticut Avenues, or any of the principal thoroughfares, the tele¬ 
vision tower beacons bob in and out of sight causing not only the 
visitor but many Washingtonians who as yet have not accustomed them¬ 
selves to them to ask, "What are those red lights?" It is the fin¬ 
est kind of free advertising for NBC and television night or day. 

Furthermore, the tower, while on the Wardman Park grounds 
is located almost halfway between Wardman Park and the Shoreham, 
two of the best known hotels, and where much of the social life of 
the Capital centers. Result is, though it may be late Spring before 
the television station construction on which was started last 
October is completed, most of the town seems already to be talking 
about the forthcoming event. 

The new station WNBW is expected to have an effective 
range of about 40 miles and if so, its orograms may be seen by 
lookers-in as far away as the neighboring city of Baltimore, 



Senator Glen H. Taylor (D), of Idaho, "Radio Cowboy Sen¬ 
ator", had inserted in the Congressional Record (March 21) the cita¬ 
tion by Variety (see our issue of March 20) of Federal Communications 
Commissioner Clifford J, Durr. Senator Taylor said: 

"Commissioner Durr has frequently been criticized by some 
spokesmen for the industry which his Commission regulates, but it is 
encouraging to note that the most influential publication in the 
entertainment industry appreciates what others overlook; that in 
serving the interests of the public, he has also served the long 
range interest of the broadcasters themselves." 


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At this writing there are conflicting reports regarding 
the future of the State Department's broadcasts overseas including 
those to Russia. One report is that the House Appropriations Sub¬ 
committee dealing with the $10,000,000 request for International 
broadcasting will recommend complete abandonment of the "Voice of 

On the other hand, William Benton, Assistant Secretary 
of State, disclosed in Philadelphia Monday that shortwave broadcasts 
to Turkey and Greece in their native languages are being planned to 
help implement President Truman’s new foreign policy. Mr. Benton 
specially charged the Soviet radio with misrepresenting the facts to 
the Greeks and Turks. 

According to Mr. Benton, the Soviet Union is now broad¬ 
casting to Greece and Turkey. In these broadcasts the United States 
is pictured as "imperialistic", "reactionary", "militaristic", and 
possessed of various other uncomplimentary traits. The United States 
broadcasts will counteract this propaganda, the Assistant Secretary 

"It is a paradox to consider an appropriation of 
$400,000,000 for Greece and Turkey and yet not broadcast the funda¬ 
mental objectives of our foreign policies toward these countries", 

Mr. Benton remarked. 

Reports that House Appropriations Sub-Committee may axe 
the State Department radio fund follow the sending of a letter, 
which he had written to Senator Brooks (r), of Illinois, to members 
of Congress by E. F. McDonald, Jr. , President of the zenith Radio 
Corporation, opposing the proposition of the Government's "getting 
Its foot" into broadcasting through the State Department's overseas 
programs and then maybe the United States taking over the entire 
broadcasting business. (See Heinl News Service, March 12) 



Merle G. Jones, General Manager of Station WOL, in Wash¬ 
ington, and Vice-President of the Cowles Broadcasting Co., and Jack 
Paige, of the Mutual Broadcasting System, New York, were honored in 
New York for their aid in dispatching food and clothing to children 
in stricken European countries. 

Mr. Jones and Mr. Page, former WOL Director of Special 
Events, were among those receiving the Brotherhood of Children Award 
for 1946 by the Foster Parents' Plan for War Children. 

The awards were in connection with a series of programs 
by the station in April, May and June, 1946, entitled "Starvation, 
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Recognition came to the Jones family in quite another way 
this week when the New York Times carried a picture, very attractive, 
of Mrs. Jones, a volunteer nurse's aide, distributing flowers in sn 
Alexandria, Va. hospital. 



Television sets went like hot cakes at the beginning of 
Television Week in Los Angeles. RCA-Victor representatives sold out 
their entire supply of 1,000 sets in eight hours on T Day. 

Harry Lubcke, television director of the Don Lee Broad¬ 
casting System, addressing 1,000 Southern California businessmen, 
city officials and engineers at an Electric Club luncheon held at 
the Biltmore Hotel, asserted that in no other place in America is it 
possible for so large an audience to be served by television as in 
the metropolitan area of Los Angeles. 

Television transmitters will be singularly adaptable to 
the mountain ranges of Southern California, he said. The Empire 
State Building in New York is dwarfed by Mt, Wilson where soon six 
television stations will be operating. Lubcke added that already 
there are television receivers picking up Los Angeles telecasts in 
San Diego - 116 miles away. 

Addressing the same audience, J. B. Elliott, Vice-Presi¬ 
dent of RCA Victor, declared that television will be a billion 
dollar industry - four times greater than radio - within the next 
five years. He prophesied by 1950, 90 per cent of the major televi¬ 
sion progress would originate in Los Angeles or thereabouts. 

Among those present at the luncheon were Norman Chandler, 
President of the Times-Mirror; Lewis Allen Weiss, Vice-President of 
the Mutual Broadcasting System; Sid Strotz, NBC Vice-President; 
Atwater Kent, radio pioneer, and others. 


All necessary measures have been taken by the Netherlands 
Government to inform its maritime and aeronautical radio stations 
of the United States policy on interim high-frequency distress calls 
transmitted at 8,280 kilocycles. The American Embassy at The Hague 
also reports that the radio station at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, 
has arranged to receive possible distress calls on this frequency as 
long as pilots are using it. 




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The appointment of three new departmental directors was 
announced last week by the National Association of Broadcasters. 

Robert K. Richards, editorial director of Broadcasting 
Magazine, will assume the duties of Director of Public Relations; 
Harold Fair, Program Director of WHO, Des Moines, will become the 
first Director of the newly-created Program Department; and Royal V. 
Howard, Chief Engineer, KSFO, San Francisco, will supervise NAB's 
technical activities as Director of Engineering. 

With the NAB going through the final stages of prepara¬ 
tion to occupy its new, enlarged headquarters building in Washington, 
the filling of these three important industry positions brings the 
Associations staff of Directors to full strength for the first time 
since the beginning of the war. 

Mr. Richards, who Joins the NAB staff on April 14, brings 
to his new position of Public Relations Director, a highly diversi¬ 
fied background of radio, publishing and advertising agency exper¬ 
ience. Prior to becoming Broadcasting’s editorial director in 1944, 
he served for two years as assistant to J. Harold Ryan, wartime 
Radio Director of the Office of Censorship. From 1939 to 1941, Mr. 
Richards was Production Director at WSPD, Toledo. Far three years, 
from 1936 to 1939, he was a member of the editorial department of 
the Cincinnati post , where he served concurrently as announcer- 
news-caster on Station WCPO. His first station experience was with 
WAIU (now WHKC), Columbus, Ohio, where he was continuity director 
for the station. His advertising agency experience was gained with 
Campbell-Ewald as a copy writer in that organization’s Detroit office. 

Mr. Richards was born in Urbana, Ohio, on January 26, 1913 
and attended the local schools. He graduated from Ohio State Univer¬ 
sity with a B. Sc. in Journalism. As a student, he served as editor 
of the University publication, the Ohio State Daily Lanter n. 



The number of radio listening licenses issued in Japan 
Increased from 26, 194 in Aoril to 105,603 at the end of Seotember, 

Radio-receiver production increased from 8,000 in January 
1946 to a peak of 75,000 in June. Subsequent production was as fol¬ 
lows: July, 35,000; August, 52,000; and September, 56,000 receivers. 

Manufacturers’ demand for radio parts declined because of 
the vacuum-tube bottleneck. Output of parts during September was 
as follows: Condensers, 1,015,000; resistors, 1,440,000; transform¬ 
ers, 43,000; speakers, 91,000; and miscellaneous parts valued at 
7,170,000 yen. 



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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers 
will hold its annual membership meeting in New York tomorrow, 

March 27th, at the Ritz Carlton. 

Deems Taylor, president of the Society, and other officers 
will report upon ASCAP*s activities during the past year. The gen¬ 
eral meeting will be followed in the evening by a banquet. 

Among the guests of the performing right society will be 
the following: Gen. David Sarnoff, President of the Radio Corpora¬ 
tion of America; Justin Miller, President of the National Association 
of Broadcasters; Edward Noble, Chairman of the Board of the American 
Broadcasting Company; Edgar Kobak, President of the Mutual Broadcast¬ 
ing System and Judge A. L. Ashby, Attorney for the National Broad¬ 
casting Company. 



As a direct result of action taken by J. R. Poppele, Pre¬ 
sident of the Television Broadcasters’ Association, Inc., the Bureau 
of Internal Revenue has ruled that "the maintenance of television 
sets in restaurants, bar rooms and similar public places will not 
operate to render such places subject to the tax imposed by the 
Internal Revenue Code", which provides for a 20 per cent tax on 
amusements in public places. 

Mr. Poppele had taken the matter up with Joseph Nunan, 
Commissioner of Internal Revenue and presented several reasons why 
television sets should not be classified as "cabaret entertainment". 
At the Commissioner’s request Mr. Poppele submitted his reasons in 
writing in a letter dated March 20, 1947. 

Commissioner Nunan, in his reply to Mr. Poppele, dated 
March 24, 1947, points out that in view of the TBA President’s 
letter, "the question presented by you for determination is whether 
the installation and use of television sets in public places brings 
sucn places within the purview of Section 1700 E as amended. " 

As a result of a thorough review of the circumstances 
under which television sets are operated and the nature of entertain¬ 
ment afforded by them, the Bureau reached the conclusion not to tax 
television sets, Commissioner Nunan stated. 


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Dealers who lack widespread FM experience should not 
accept just any antenna as a means to curing marginal FM reception, 
advises Don Kresge, 3end±x Radio Service Manager. As pointed out by 
Mr. Kresge, acceptance of an antenna to permit maximum reception 
from an FM installation should be based upon its efficiency across 
the entire FM band. 

"It will not reward the dealer to foster antenna instal¬ 
lations which permit high efficiency in the center of the band, and 
yet suffer low signal efficiency at either the 88 or 108 me ends. As 
more stations go on the air, overall efficiency across the dial must 
be demanded. At this period in its growth, FM radio should be given 
the patient understanding deserved by an infant, in order that it can 
grow and flourish", he said. 

The Bendix Radio FM dipole antenna was recently offered 
to the trade by Mr. Kresge. Its standing wave ratio, accepted stand¬ 
ard for measurement of efficiency, is two to one or less across the 
entire band. This is not true of all FM dipole antennas which may 
provide efficiency but over a limited expanse of the band, Mr. Kresge 
pointed out. He recommends careful study of the FM antenna problem 
by every radio dealer and service dealer looking toward the long- 
pull promise of FM. 



The E ditor and Publisher writes editorially as follows: 

"A ruling in favor of color television on a commercial 
basis would have brought the newspaper business face to face with a 
competitive giant within a short time. 

"Instead, the Federal Communications Commission found that 
color television isn’t ready yet, and that gives the newspapers about 
five more years, at the most, to learn how to put some color into 
their printed pages, and how to otherwise improve their medium for 

"Anyone who has seen color television knows the terrific 
wallop it can land . . . not only for sale of a product but of an 
idea. Color television, as the engineers have demonstrated, is def¬ 
initely ’here’ but the FCC, perhaps glancing a little toward the 
practical business side, says more experimentation is required before 
it can be turned loose on the set-buying public. 

"As the dust settles in the monochrome-versus-polychrome 
video war, Columbia Broadcasting System deserves to get at least a 
big "E" for trying. 





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The first regional meeting of the FM association to be 
held in Albany, Monday, April 14, will go with a bang if the list 
of prominent speakers is any indication. Reading like a "Who*s Who" 
in FM, it follows: 

10 A.M. - Address ofWelcome; Response, "Aims and Objectives of FMA", 

Roy Hofheinz, President 

Remarks by Leonard H. Marks, General Counsel, FMA. 

"Development and Future of FM' 1 , Major E. H. Armstrong, 
Inventor of FM 

"FM and Faximile" (With Fax Demonstration), John V. L* 
Hogan, Inventor of Faximile 

"A Newspaper Radio Editor Looks at FM", Jack Gould, Radio 
Editor, The New York Times 

"The Network Looks at FM", Major network executive 

12:30 p.M.-Luncheon; Speaker to be announced 

2:00 P.M.-"The FM Set Picture", H. C. Bonfig, Vice-President, 

Zenith Radio Corp. 

"Why We Are Not Selling AM Sets", Leading Set Retailer 

"The FM Transmitter Picture", W. R. David, Sales Manager, 
Broadcast Equipment Sales, G. E. 

"Programming FM Based on AM Experience", Elliott Sanger, 
Vice-president and General Manager, WQXR-WQ,XQ„ New York 

Round Table Discussion by successful FM broadcasters. 

"Promoting FM", Bill Bailey, Executive Director, FMA 

Added Features: Live broadcast reception of Symphony Orchestra and 

soloists from WGFM, Schenectady; Premier of new GE 
color film "Naturally It ! s FM" 



Sir Harry Greer, former Chairman of Baird Television,Ltd. , 
who made television history in 1934, when he was televised making 
his speech to the annual meeting of shareholders from a distance of 
seven miles, died at his home in London last week. He age was 71. 

In what was then a novel demonstration, says the New York 
T lmes , Sir Harry, on March 20, 1934, addressed shareholders of Baird 
Television, Ltd. , by means of ultra-short rave television. He deliv- 
eredthis television address from the Baird studio at the base of the 
south tower of the Crystal Palace and was both seen and heard by an 
audience assembled in an office at Wardour Street in London, seven 
miles away. 

The demonstration illustrated the substantial progress in 
broadcast television in the previous year, largely due to the adoptio 
of ultra-short wave lengths for transmission and the use of the cath¬ 
ode ray oscillograph at the receiving station. Up to then the cath¬ 
ode ray was considered most suitable for the transmission of film 
subjects, but the new experiment, in which living figures were tele¬ 
vised, showed there was no need for restriction to film material. 


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Just As Predicted 

(’’Washington Post 1 *) 

A u pre diction of things to come came true for Drew Pear¬ 
son, Post columnist, in Municipal Court in Washington, D. C. last 

He appeared as a juror in a civil suit involving a colli¬ 
sion between a Capital Transit Co. bus and a motor car. Attorney 
Richard W. Galiher, representing Capital Transit, arose. ”1 have a 
prediction of things to come ", he said. "I predict Drew Pearson will 
be elected foreman of this jury. ’’ 

Pearson was. The jury found for the defendant, the tran¬ 
sit company, in the near record time of four minutes. 

The columnist, who has served as a petit juror at various 
times has approximately 16 more days to serve. 

(Editor’s Note: Variety’s Network Program Costs estimate for 
1947 recently listed Drew Pearson as receiving $4,500 oer broadcast) 

Billy Rose and the Singing Commercials 

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”1*ve got it coming. You see I invented the singing com¬ 

’’There’ I’ve said it and I’m glad. I know it puts me in 
the same class with the fiends who dreamed up billboards and tight 
shoes. But telling it is like taking a 40-pound rock off my heart.- 
Fbr years I’ve been walking around with this secret, mingling with 
people who are kind to small animals and bathe every day. It got so 
I was afraid to talk in my sleep. Now I’ve come clean and I’m pre¬ 
pared to take my medicine. * * # 

"Late one night I was chewing the fat and a couple of with two poets named Ernest Breuer and Marty Bloom. * * * 

"’Fellows', I whispered. ’I've got an idea for a song, ' 
"Two hours and six cups of coffee later, we dotted the 
last "i". on our masterpieces. It went like this: 

"’Does the spearmint lose its flavor on the bedpost over- 


If you paste it on the left side will you find it on 

the right ? 

When you chew it in the morning will it be too hard 

to bite? 

Does the spearmint lose its flavor on the bedpost over¬ 

"It was published by Waterson, Berlin and Snyder, and the 
crystal radio sets of that era small-poxed the air with it. 

"I tried to get a little money from the chewing gum com¬ 
pany, talked big about the possibilities of singing their advertis¬ 
ing. a tone-deaf executive drop-kicked me into the alley without 
so much as a pack of gum for my trouble * * * 

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Mexicans Clamor To Pay Tc see Bullfight Telecast 

"Radio Age ") 

The first successful telecast of a bull-fight, staged by 
RCA in Mexico City as a feature of the First Inter-American Broad¬ 
cast Congress, created an interest in the new art which already has 
spread far "south of the border". * * * 

The bull-fights were televised at the plaza Mexico, new 
60,000 seat arena in the Mexican capital, and the program was trans¬ 
mitted by microwave radio relay to the Hotel del Prado, six miles 
away, where 7,500 spectators viewed the event.* * * 

To carry out the Mexican assignment, RCA not only shipped 
eight carloads of equipment to that country but found it necessary 
to send a hurry call to Camden for a special television relay link. 

An engineer loaded the 700 pounds of apparatus on a passenger plane 
and accompanied it to Mexico City. * * * 

So clear and sharp were the pictures that spectators 
around the battery of receivers could see the gleam of the matador’s 
sword and the braid on his jacket. 

None of the usual sound effects of a great sports event 
were absent. Paco Malgesto, ace bullfight announcer of Radio Mil, 
narrated the "blood and sand" epic from his position just behind the 
television camera where he could fit his description to match the 
scene as he saw it through the camera view finder. And out of the 
loudspeakers of the receivers came the trumpet calls, the tradition¬ 
al music at the death of tne bulls and the surging roars of the stad¬ 
ium spectors. Enthusiastically reported Meade Brunet, Managing Dir¬ 
ector of RCA International Division, "We felt as though we were right 
down there in the bullring with our feet in the sand." 

The Mexico City episode proved the box-office potential¬ 
ities of television. Delegates to the Broadcast Congress clamored 
to pay their pesos for tickets that would admit them to the space 
set aside in the lobby: of the hotel for the bank of television receiv¬ 
ers. At one time, the pressure of the crowds become so great that 
police were called to empty the viewing space so that the overflow 
crowds could be accommodated. Proceeds from the sale of these tick¬ 
ets went to the education fund of the Mexican government. 

Claghorns Silence Claghorn 

(""Drew Pearson") 

Kenny Delmar, radio’s famous Senator Claghorn, became ton 
gue-tied when he appeared before a group of Senators at a birthday 
party for Senator George of Georgia. Finally Senator Robertson of 
Wyoming, no Claghorn, advised, "Don't stand there with your mouth 
hanging open, son - say something."... Maybe Delmar was simply 
amazed to see all the Claghorn models in the room. 


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Claude Mahoney, WT0P-C3S commentator in Washington, told 
of receiving a letter from a lady in Alexandria telling about her 
little boy helping himself to a package of chewing gum in a 5 and 10. 
Repreminding him, she said: n You should never reach up and take a 
thing like that, ,f Tne little boy replied indignantly: "The man on 
the radio says 1 Reach for such and such chocolate bars’ so I didn't 
do wrong in reaching. " 

Which commented Mahoney, is something else for script 
writers to think about. 

Philip F. Whitten, 53 years old, advertising executive, 
died Saturday of aheart attack on a plane flight from Charlotte, N. C. 
to New York City. Mr, Whitten was General Sales Manager of The 
Tobacco Network of New York and an executive of the Mutual and Amer¬ 
ican Broadcasting Companies and the Columbia System. 

The Aviation Corp. stockholders Tuesday approved changing 
the name of the company to Avco Manufacturing Corp. and elected five 
new directors at the annual meeting. 

The announcement said the change in the name of the cor¬ 
poration, of which The Crosley Radio Corporation is a subsidiary, 
resulted from a broad shift in character of its operations with more 
than three-fourths of its assets and fields other than aviation. 

Bendlx Aviation Corp. reported consolidated net income 
for the fiscal year ended September 30, 1946, after providing for 
special income items, was $785,914, equal to 37 cents a common share, 
compared with $15,498,253 or $7.31 a share in the preceding fiscal 

William L. Shirer, a Columbia Broadcasting commentator for 
10 years, said this week the network was dropping him from a Sunday 
afternoon program because "they must not like my views". 

He said no explanation had been given either by the net¬ 
work or his sponsor, the J. B. Williams Co., soap manufacturers. He 
said he would challenge both to debate the matter on his last program 
next Sunday. 

When seconds count and a production man is stuck, WOR*s 
Transcription Library can fill the breach with 24,000 records — 
enough to play continuously, 24 hours a day, for 135 days! 

Major Edwin Armstrong, inventor of FM, who carries the 
Signified professional role of Professor of Electricity at Columbia 
University, has a cheery way of ending nis telephone conversations 
witn "Okey Doke". 


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The annual report of the Columbia Broadcasting System, 

Inc., distributed last week to stockholders shows a consolidated net 
income from operations in 1946 equal to S3.37 per share, compared 
with $2.51 per share in 1945. This increase is accounted for by 
improved results of Columbia Recording Corporation, the company’s 
record manufacturing subsidiary, whose net income increased from 
$196,899 in 1945 to $1,880,222 in 1946. Total net income of the 
company for 1946 amounted to $5,795,896, as compared with $5,345,641 
for the 1945 period. This latter figure includes an extraordinary 
gain of $1,037,014 from the disposal during 1945 of radio station WBT. 

Since the Rt. Rev. Fulton J. Sheen went on NBC’s ’’Catholic 
Hour" program in January, he has been receiving an average of 2,000 
letters a day from listeners. He will continue to be heard on the 
program each Sunday afternoon until April 6. 

Kenneth B. Shaffer, formerly Renewal Sales Field repre¬ 
sentative for the RCA Tube Department in Cincinnati, has been trans¬ 
ferred to the Harrison, N.J. headquarters where he will supervise the 
sale of parts to tube and parts distributors. 

Rep. Sol Eloom (D), of New York, celebrated the eve of his 
77th birthday with Bill Herson on NBC’s "Coffee With Congress". Dur¬ 
ing the informal conversation. Bloom steered clear of politics, touch¬ 
ed on his personal life, offered to send to listeners conies of George 
Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility. Within two days, he was receiv¬ 
ing mail by the sackful. 

Results : On the first two days alone, he received 5,000 
requests for Washington’s rules. He hired a full-time secretary to 
handle the still-increasing mill. He has run out of copies, is 
having 50,000 more printed. 

Sitting in one of the galleries of the House of Commons 
in London, wearing headphones, members of the Russian delegation 
visiting Britain, heard a running commentary given by three inter¬ 
preters. They heard Sir Waldron Smithers, Conservative, ask whether 
the reason for subsidizing the British Broadcasting Corporation was 
that the Government, like the Russian Government, wanted to spread 
"its poisonous doctrines at the taxpayers’ expense". 

There were immediate cries of protest. A Laborite asked 
tne Speaker if it were not out of order for a member to make such a 
statement while representatives of the Soviet Government were in the 
House. The Speaker said that it was certainly in bad taste. Later 
Sir Waldron said that he had not known that Russians were present. 


Continuation of "Billy Rose and the Singing Commercials" from p. 13 

"The time bomb I had lit exploded in 1939 with the ’Pepsi¬ 
Cola’ jingle-jangle jingle, I understand a couple of people-haters 
named Kent and Jonnson are authoring most of the singing commercials 
you hear these days. 

"With a contrite heart, may I remind them of what Frankie 
said to Johnny. 

"’Money you get that way will do you no good,’" 


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Alleged FCC Subversives Cause Another Row; Had Fly’s 0.K. ...1 

Philco To Introduce New Television Sets Soon.. .....3 

Congressional Probe Of FCC Sought In FCC Bill.4 

Improvement Noted In President Truman’s Broadcast Delivery.4 

Zenith Reports Nine Months’ Consolidated Net As Less.5 

RCA To Produce 160,000 TV Sets In *47; At Si,000 Each.6 

FCC Approves Sale Of Roosevelt Holdings To Texas Network...6 

Detrola Acquires kneeling Steel Corporation Blast Furnace.,.7 

Utah Radio Plant For Sale..... ...7 

Sylvania’s Net Sales Rise To 869,313,128; 60^ Radio.8 

Miami Herald Signs First Facsimile Ad; Receivers Also Ordered...8 
Radio, Movies, Hit As Foes Of Education By Mrs. Eugene Meyer. ...9 
New Police, Fire, Mobile Services Radio Plan Now Effective.10 

North Carolina Station Buys Shares In Newspapers. .......11 

"Sell FM Antenna If Needed”, Dealers Told.12 

Washington, D. C. Daylight Bill Sent To House For Action.12 

Haas, Vice-Pres. National Radio Institute, Dies.12 

Scissors And Paste....13 

Trade Notes,.. ......... 15 

No. 1769 

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April 2, 1947 


The esse of Goodwin B. Watson, formerly Chief of the 
Analysis Division, Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service of the 
Federal Communications Commission, William E. Dodd, formerly 
Assistant News Editor, Foreign Intelligence Service, also of the 
Federal Communications and Robert Morss Lovett, formerly Executive 
Assistant to the Governor of the Virgin Islands, three Federal 
employees who were ousted four years ago charged with subversive 
affiliations and sympathies, has again come home to roost. And 
at the very time that President Truman has ordered a cleanup of 
subversives and reds among Government workers. It is believed the 
publicity attending the outbreak of the Goodwin W?tson-Lovett~ 

Morss case just now will insure the FBI giving particular attention 
to the FCC, long charged with being a subversive hotbed. A warm 
defender of Watson and Lovett at the time they were fired was form¬ 
er FCC Chairman James L. Fly. Interior Secretary Ickes fought to 
the last ditch for Lovett. 

New life was injected into the celebrated case this 
week when House Appropriations Committee Chairman Taber (R), of 
New York attacked the rulings of the Court of Claims and Supreme 
Court awarding back pay of $2,185 to Messrs. Watson, Dodd and 
Lovett as "having such an odor" that he, in the name of Congress, 
declined to make the money available. Representative Taber was 
quoted as saying that the three men "do not owe first loyalty to 
the United States". 

In a 1943 deficiency bill, the House provided that no 
part of the funds appropriated should be used to pay their salar¬ 
ies. The Senate struck the provision; the House restored it and 
finally President Roosevelt signed the measure because the rest of 
the bill was necessary for the war effort. Mr. Roosevelt assert¬ 
ed the cutting of the salaries was "a bill of attainder and uncon¬ 
stitutional ". 

The men won a judgment in the Court of Claims in November, 
1945, for the work they had done for a short period after the day 
when Congress "fired" them. The decision was upheld by the Supreme 
Court last June 3rd. Unanimously the Court held that the men had 
a right to sue for their salaries. Justices Reed and Frankfurter 
did not go along with the six other Justices who classed the sec¬ 
tion of the measure denying funds to Lovett, Watson and Dodd as a 
"bill of attainder" and therefore unconstitutional. 

Charles A. Horsky, counsel for the three men Monday de¬ 
clared that it is "contrary to every American tradition for the 
United States not to pay its just debts." He said that the House 
Appropriations Committee had indulged in a "petty and vindictive 
act" which was "a blot on the honor" of the country. 

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Horsky pointed out that throughout the long litigation, 
"Congress, through special counsel appointed by it, had opportunity 
at every stage ... to demonstrate to the courts why the amounts 
claimed were not due." 

"This is the first time in the history of the United 
States”, Horsky declared, "that Congress has presumed to reverse a 
decision of the Supreme Court fixing the Government’s obligations 
under the Constitution. It is also the first time in the history 
of our Nation that Congress has refused to pay a Judgment of the 
Court of Claims, affirmed by the Supreme Court. ” 

The Washington Pos t, which from the start has backed the 
three ousted Federal workers, said of the newest development in the 

’’The House Appropriations Committee has recommended that 
Congress overthrow the United States judiciary, a supposedly co¬ 
ordinate branch of the Federal Government. Its recommendation 
amounts, incidentally, to repudiation of a debt which the Govern¬ 
ment owes to three individuals. These are the inescapable implica¬ 
tions of the Committee’s action in denying the appropriation request¬ 
ed by the Court of Claims of the United States to pay the judgments 
awarded to Goodwin 3. Watson, William E. Dodd, Jr. , and Robert 
Morss Lovett. * * * * 

’’The courts having spoken, the sole way to implement 
their verdict is through the provision of a deficiency appropria¬ 
tion to the Court of Claims for payment of the Judgments. Denial 
of such an appropriation would have the effect of nullifying the 
court decision. Never, in the entire history of the United States, 
has a claim of this sort, validated by the Supreme Court, been re¬ 
pudiated. Let us hope fervently that the House of Representatives 
will not now countenance the dangerous and dishonorable precedent 
which its Appropriations Committee has urged it to establish. The 
structure of the American political system rests upon the mutual 
regard and respect of its three coordinate elements. 

"The Supreme Court itself has no means, in this situa¬ 
tion or, for that matter, in any other, to enforce its verdicts. 

It is obvious, of course, that Congress possesses the power, if it 
should choose to be Irresponsible enough to exercise it, to repudi¬ 
ate the Court and, indeed, to overthrow it. It is equally obvious, 
of course, that if naked strength is to be the sole authority in 
this society, the United States Army has the power, for example, to 
seize the Capitol and overthrow Congress, Such an arbitrary abuse 
of power would be called a ’coup d’etat’. We think no other terra 
could be applied to an abuse of the legislative power leading to 
an overthrow of the judiciary. Congress can embark upon a course 
so arbitrary only at the risk of subverting all authority, only at 
the price of a perilous blow to the foundations of .American life. 


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Philco will introduce Its complete line of direct-view 
and projection receivers soon, John Ballantyne, President, revealed 
in the corporation’s annual report. Mr. Ballantyne stated they 
will provide the clearest and sharpest black-and-white television 
pictures yet made available to the public. 

Describing the -orojection-type receiver, he stated: 

"This set provides a 15 x 20 inch picture with four times 
the brilliance and far greater contrast than any other projection 
television receiver. It utilizes an entirely new optical system 
and screen design, developed in the Corporation’s laboratories, and 
provides a picture bright enough to be viewed in daylight or with 
normal room lighting. It is widely regarded as a major advance in 
the television art. " 

Despite an operating loss for the first nine months, 
Philco had a net income for the year 1945 of £3,107,480, or £2.13 
per common share after preferred dividends, after all Federal and 
State income taxes, adjustment of reserves and including a non¬ 
recurring capital gain of £600,800 after taxes. Earnings in 1945 
totaled £2,377,239 or £1,73 per common share. 

Output of Philco in the fourth quarter of 1946 surpassed 
the peak wartime rate, the report states. As a result, total sales 
for the year 1936 amounted to $121,596,622 as compared with 
$119,129,378 in 1945 and $77,073,636 in 1941. 

The Company’s plant expansion program was well advanced 
by the end of last year, according to the report. In September, 
radio-phonograph production was started in the new radio and tele¬ 
vision manufacturing plant in Philadelphia. Early this year, pro¬ 
duction of television receivers got under way there. 

"Our plants are operating at a high level and orders for 
Philco products from distributors and dealers continue to increase, 
even though fears of a recession in general business have been ex¬ 
pressed in some quarters", fir. Ballantyne and Larry E. Gubb, Chair¬ 
man of the Board of Directors, state in discussing the outlook. 

"While the present exceptionally high level of activity 
may not continue indefinitely and competition is certain to become 
much keener, philco will have the benefit of the widespread accept¬ 
ance that its products have earned over the years, its strong 
nationwide distribution system, and its comprehensive advertising 
and sales promotion activities. Beginning in 1947, television 
should also be of great importance and over the next several years 
contribute in substantial measure to the Corporation’s growth. " 


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A Congressional investigation of the Federal Communica¬ 
tions Commission was seen as one step nearer as a result of a bill 
Introduced Monday, March 31st, by Representative Wolverton (r), of 
New Jersey. Action upon the bill at this session was believed 
likely inasmuch as Mr. Wolverton is Chairman of the House Interstate 
Commerce Committee which regularly handles all matters of radio 
legislation in the lower branch of Congress. 

Explaining hie bill, Representative Wolverton said: 

tt I am taking this opportunity of bringing to the atten¬ 
tion of the House and, particularly, those Members who have express¬ 
ed interest in the matter, that I am today, as Chairman of the 
House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, and at the dir¬ 
ection of the Committee, introducing a resolution to authorize the 
Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce to make an inquiry and 
complete study of the policies and procedures of the Federal Commun¬ 
ications Commission, 

,r The original act was approved June 19, 1934. It is the 
opinion of many that it is appropriate, after this lapse of nearly 
13 years, to reexamine the whole subject and ascertain whether and 
to what extent the original intent of Congress is being administer¬ 
ed. There has come to the committee considerable complaint as to 
some of the policies now in effect and the procedures for admin¬ 
istering the act. 

"The inquiry is not intended as a witch hunt, or for any 
purpose other than to make certain that present laws and administr¬ 
ation are making available to the people of the United States the 
fill use of radio communication upon the terms and conditions that 
best serve the public. Already a start has been made in this im¬ 
portant matter by conferences between the Committee and the Commis¬ 
sion. The purpose of the resolution I am introducing is to widen 
the scope and make more effective the course which the Committee 
has inaugurated and desires to pursue. 11 



Attention Leonard Feinsch, radio advisor to President 
Truman: The Washington Post had this to say about President 
Truman's broadcast seeking assistance for the Greeks: 

'♦The President was slower and more deliberate than usual 
in his speech yesterday asking America to undertake its manifest 
destiny. For some time it has been noticed that he has gained in 
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Zenith Radio Corporation reports an estimated consolidat¬ 
ed net loss for the nine months ended January 31, 1947, of its cur¬ 
rent fiscal year, amounting to £314,969 after depreciation, excise 
taxes, normal reserves and provision for income taxes of subsid¬ 
iaries and tax carry-back due parent company. 

Consolidated ooerating loss for the nine month period 
amounted to 81,672,947. This loss was largely offset by tax carry¬ 
back due parent company, less Income taxes of subsidiaries, the net 
credit being £1,357,978. 

Consolidated operating profit for the three month period 
ended January 31, 1947, amounted to £526,006. Income taxes and tax 
carry-back adjustments applicable to this profit are estimated at 
$191,326, resulting in a net profit after taxes of £334,680 for the 

Shipments for the nine month period amounted to £39,330,- 
895. Shipments for the quarter ended January 31, 1947, amounted to 

Shortages of materials continues to restrict production 
and minimize profits. However, this condition is improving. 

The company continues to manufacture frequency modulation 
receivers containing both the 50 megacycle and 100 megacycle PM 
bands as well as the standard AM broadcast band. These circuits 
are available in table models, console and console radio and phono¬ 
graph combinations. 

In view of the company's large backlog of orders for 
both home receivers as well as auto radios, new business it not be¬ 
ing actively solicited at this time. However, marketing and ad¬ 
vertising programs are constantly being planned and developed to 
meet conditions which will exist as production increases and pre¬ 
sent demands are more adequately supplied. 

A one-piece hearing aid of advanced design and phenomenal 
performance, incorporating many new developments, is now In produc¬ 
tion and will be announced shortly. This new hearing aid will be 
marketed on a direct-to-consumer plan. 

Zenith recently started production of a new ultra-sensi¬ 
tive farm radio with "big set" tone quality and capable of opera¬ 
tion on either battery or electric light power, that provides recep¬ 
tion of standard and shortwave broadcasts. 

The new radio operates on oo irr er supplied by a Zenith bat¬ 
tery pack or on 115-volt AC/DC current. A telescoping whip antenna 
pulls in strong signals for both standard broadcast and internation¬ 
al shortwave reception. 


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RCA TO PRODUCE 160,000 TV SETS IN *47; AT $1,000 EACH 

The Fadio Corporation of America soon will introduce its 
first post-war console television set and has completed extensive 
production changes designed to materially increase output of all 
types of television receivers, an official of the RCA-Victor Divi¬ 
sion disclosed to the New York Times . 

He said that the recent decision of the Federal Communi¬ 
cations Commission denying a petition of the Columbia Broadcasting 
System for issuance of commercial standards for color television 
has given the "go ahead” signal for black and white producers. 

Capacity of the industry for the current year has been 
estimated at 250,000 units, and RCA alone should have been able to 
produce 160,000 with an estimated retail value of approximately 
$65,000,000, he said. However, the long delay involved in Commis¬ 
sion hearings before the ruling was forthcoming definitely held back 
a portion of the 25,000 receivers scheduled for the first quarter. 
With the ”go ahead” signal a reality and production improvements 
achieved, the company has reasonable expectations of turning out 
100,000 sets before the close of 1947. 

In announcing that the console model is already in produc¬ 
tion and will be channeled to dealers as quickly as possible, the 
company official stated that no list price has been agreed upon, 
but it will be "in the neighborhood of --1,000". It will have a ten- 
inch direct view tube with a fifty-four square inch image, as well 
as AM-FM. radio reception and an automatic record changer. 

RCA has reached full capacity as a result of over-all 
mechanization of its plant in Lancaster, Pa. The operation now 
installed replaces the former non-mechanized, piece work system. 

In addition television operations will be greatly improved by a new 
rapid system of cabinet production in the Mont, Ind., and Pulaski, 

Va. plants. 



The Federal Communications Commission last week adopted 
an order granting voluntary transfer of control of Station KFJZ and 
associated relays, Fort Worth, Texas, from Ruth G. Roosevelt Eidson, 
formerly Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt, to Texas State Network, Inc.; 
voluntary transfer of control of Station KABC, San Antonio, Texas, 
from Charles w. Roeser, S. W. Richardson, Ruth G. Roosevelt Eidson 
and Elliott Roosevelt, to Texas State Network, Inc., and voluntary 
transfer of control of Station KNOW, Austin, and WACO, Waco, Texas, 
from S. W. Richardson and Charles S. Roser, to Texas state Network, 


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Purchase by International Detrola Corporation of the 
Wheeling Steel Corporation's blast furnace property in Martins 
Ferry, Ohio, was announced Tuesday by C. Russell Feldraann, Presi¬ 
dent of Detrola. The figure was not disclosed. 

•'This addition is a step to assure our Newport (Ky) open 
hearth and rolling mill operations an annual supply of some 150,000 
tons of pig iron”, Mr. Feidmann said, "and thus assist in meeting 
our steel-making and steel-fabricating commitments, both to custom¬ 
ers and to our own manufacturing divisions." 

Detrola last August acquired the Newport and Wilders, 
Kentucky steel plants of the Andrews Steel Company, and the latter's 
coal mine, to supplement Detrola's manufacturing activities in 
refrigeration, radio, aircraft and other fields, with plants in five 
States and Canada. 


A completely equipped radio-transmitter and related 
electronic devices manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City, which cost 
the Government about S*?59,000, is being offered for sale or lease. 

The plant, erected in 1942, was leased and operated during 
the war by Eitel-McCullough, Inc. It is suitable for production of 
transformers, relays, switch gears and vacuum, fluorescent or infra¬ 
red tube8, War Assets Administration said in announcing the offer¬ 

The facility consists of a 10-acre site at 525 West 13th 
South Street on which there is a modern two-story mill-type build¬ 
ing containing over 104,000 sq. ft. of industrial floor area. There 
are complete fire sprinkler, fluorescent lighting and washed-air 
ventilation systems. All or portions of the plant's machinery and 
equipment may be purchased. 

Sealed proposals to purchase or lease this property must 
be received by the WAA Regional Office at Salt Lake City not later 
than 2 P.M. (M.S.T.) Thursday, May 15, 1947, when they will be pub¬ 
licly opened and read. The Sale Lake City office also will make 
available engineering renorts and specific production data concern¬ 
ing the nlant and will arrange for insnection. General information 
concerning this and other plants now available for sale or lease 
may be obtained from the WAA Office of Real Property Disposal, 
Washington 25, D. C. 


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§ylvania Electric Products, Inc. attained a peacetime 
record volume of business in the year ended December 31, 1946, 
according to the company's annual report issued last week. Consol¬ 
idated net sales were $69,313,12? compared with $125,750,512 in 
1945 when approximately $6 per cent of sales represented war produc¬ 
tion, For 1941, last peacetime year, the company's sales were 
approximately $20,000,000, 

Consolidated net income for 1946 after all charges was 
$2,384,017, equal after dividends amounting to $399,396 on the pre¬ 
ferred stock to $1.97 per share on the 1,006,550 shares of common 
stock outstanding. For 1945 the company reported net income of 
$2,136,279 or $2.05 per share on the common stock after deducting 
dividends of $76,000 on the preferred stock, 

Walter E. Poor, Chairman of the Board, states that light¬ 
ing products, including photoflash bulbs, accounted for approxi¬ 
mately 40 per cent of the 1946 sales, and about 60 per cent comes 
from radio and electronic products. Radio sets have been added to 
Sylvania's prewar lines. 

"It is satisfying to report that in a year of so much 
labor-management controversy throughout the country, the good rela¬ 
tions between the management and workers of Sylvania were maintain¬ 
ed", Mr. Poor said. Employment, which had dropped from a V-J Day 
peak of 29,500 to 13,500 by January 1, 1946, rose to 17,300 at the 
end of the year. 

The report states that sales effort in 1947 will be re¬ 
inforced by the largest advertising program in the company's history. 
The management believes that a more competitive market is imminent 
and that Sylvania is equipped to maintain its position as one of 
the leaders in the lighting and radio fields. 

Sales of the company's International Division in 1946 
approximately doubled those of 1945. 



A Florida dairy concern signed the first advertising fac¬ 
simile newspaper advertising contract with the Miami Herald publish¬ 
ed by John S. Knight. The Herald has been demonstrating facsimile 
in Miami but as yet has not been able to set an advertising rate 
so this part of the contract was left blank. 

Something like 30 receivers were ordered as a result of 
the demonstration. They are those of Radio Inventions, Inc, manu¬ 
factured by General Electric, 


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Addressing the California Association of Secondary School 
Administrators in Los Angeles, Mrs. Eugene Meyer, wife of the owner 
of the Washington Post and broadcasting station WINX, took quite a 
wallop at both moving pictures and radio as applied to schools and 
suggested as a way of Improving this situation and other problems 
facing teachers that a nation-wide organization be formed known as 
’’The Friends of Public Education”. 

The public scnools of this country, Mrs. Meyer said, have 
two powerful rivals in the radio and tne films. While the educa¬ 
tional system is trying to produce individuals who can think, the 
radio and films "are doing their best to make stereotypes of our 
people with synthetic ideas and emotions”, she charged, adding: 

”The radio and film industries are anti-democratic because 
these suburb techniques are being used for a progressive vulgariza¬ 
tion of the public mind and for the debasing of the public morals 
at a moment when the salvation of democracy depends upon the streng¬ 
thening of individual moral integrity.” 

Both the films and the radio ruin the good taste of 
America*s children, Mrs. Meyer said. Ninety oer cent of the films, 
she held, are a handicap to the mental, moral and emotional develop¬ 
ment of American childhood. 

”1 should like to submit for your consideration the idea 
of a nationwide organization to be called * The Friends of Public 
Education*,”, Mrs. Meyer proposed. ”Its chief functions would be 
to protect, Improve and expand our public school system throughout 
the country end to hasten the use of film and radio as media of 
education. ** 

In addition to furthering ”real education”, she went on, 
"this group could take constructive action against the miseducation 
noir practiced by radio and films. ” It could strengthen the hands 
of the FCC, she observed, as well as use the persuasive power of a 
vast audience to ’’remind the moving-picture industry of its res¬ 
ponsibilities to the public welfare. ” 


Assistant United States Secretary 
said in Washington last week that the State 
had been beamed to South America instead of 
who had ’’reversed” an antenna at the Munich 
the matter had been corrected, and that the 
casts, which at first could hardly be heard 
ing received there clearly. 

of State William Benton 
Department broadcasts 
Russia by a saboteur 
relay station. He said 
"Voice of America” broad- 
in Moscow, now were be- 


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The much discussed plan for the modified assignment of 
136 already available radio frequencies (in the band 30 to 40 mega¬ 
cycles) for short-distance emergency communication such as State 
police, municipal police and fire departments, State Highway main¬ 
tenance, urban transit systems, inter-city busses and various types 
of vessels, became effective yesterday (April 1). However, the 
Federal Communications Commission is allowing the existing radio 
systems included in the plan three years in which to readjust their 
frequencies and equipment to conform with the new allocation. 

Most of these mobile stations find it expedient to use 
"FM" or frequency modulation to reduce receiver noise from electri¬ 
cal devices and occasionally long-distance interference from other 
radio stations. 

Through several months’ cooperative study and planning by 
the Federal Communications Commission, the various Federal agencies 
who operate radio systems, and the Industry represented mainly by 
its Radio Technical Planning Board, an important change in the tech¬ 
nical method of assigning these frequencies was eventually approved 
by the Commission. 

The Commission on March 20th also sanctioned a coordinat¬ 
ed industry-government engineering plan for the assignment and use 
of 166 additional radio frequencies higher in the spectrum (152 to 
162 megacycles) for similar short-distance radiotelephone services. 
The development of these frequencies for commercial, utility and 
safety purposes was accelerated by their wartime use for military 
communications, principally in aviation. Satisfactory equipment for 
practical every-day use operating on these frequencies has become 
available only in recent months. While n FM rt generally has been used 
for telephony on these frequencies, except in the aviation service, 
it appears that the older system of fl AM" using suitable equipment 
also is satisfactory because of the almost complete absence of natur¬ 
al static, electrical noise, and long-distance interference. An 
Important feature of these frequencies is the fact that a full siz¬ 
ed antenna need be no longer than 18 inches, which is a distinct 
advantage on railroad rolling stock and on automobiles. 

Although the Commission had previously allocated 60 of 
these 166 frequencies to the railroad, the 60 particular frequen¬ 
cies are now finalized and are not likely to be further changed. 

This should encourage larger Investment in railroad radio equip¬ 
ment and should result in expanded use of railroad radio, especi¬ 
ally for improving safety. The additional frequencies made avail¬ 
able by this new allocation for ship and shore stations should 
prove particularly beneficial to the maritime service through the 
eventual transfer of all short-distance marine communications to 
these frequencies. This should relieve the severe long-distance 
interference usually encountered on the lower maritime frequencies. 

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Although some of these newly available frequencies are 
allocated for "urban mobile" radio service, and for the remote pick¬ 
up of broadcast programs, this does not conclude the immediate allo¬ 
cation problem with regard to those services. Studies are in pro¬ 
gress to determine further which of the particular frequencies now 
allocated for "urban mobile" use should be assigned to radio systems 
for which only experimental or developmental authorizations have 
been issued to date, such as taxicab radio and public telephone ser¬ 
vice to automobiles, boats, and aircraft. Also the question of 
shared use of certain of these frequencies between remote pickup 
(relay) broadcast stations and other classes of stations is a matter 
of continuing study. 

Any increase in point-to-point radio station facilities 
operating on these frequencies to provide short-distance toll tele¬ 
phone service where wirelines are not available is discouraged. 

While a few present installations of this type will be permitted to 
continue in operation, no new facilities will be authorized except 
those intended to ooerate on much higher frequencies commonly termed 

The Commission’s allocation of the 166 additional frequen¬ 
cies,. including the 60 railroad frequencies previously authorized, 
will become effective on May 15th. Because of the extreme conges¬ 
tion on the lower frequencies, all new or replacement mobile radio 
systems for police or fire departments to be established by munici¬ 
palities must be capable of operation on specific frequencies assig¬ 
ned to provide more effective police and fire services under this 
new plan. 



North Carolina Broadcasting Co., operator of WBIG, and 
MaJ. Edney Ridge, President of the company, have bought 1,505 shares 
of stock in the Greensboro News Co. , DUblisher of the Greensboro 
Daily News , morning, and the Greensboro Record , afternoon. The 
price was understood to be around B200,000. 

The transfer of stock from Archie Joyner, whose father 
was one of the founders of the Greensboro News , to Major Ridge and 
the broadcasting comoany, is the first major break in the continu¬ 
ous ownership of the news company since its organization. 

The sale represents 16-2/3$ of outstanding stock and will 
assure Major Ridge a place on the Eoard of Directors of the news¬ 
paper company. 

Major Ridge has been associated with the North Carolina 
Broadcasting Co. since 1930 and is Director of WHIG, one of the 
State’s major radio outlets. He was formerly publisher of the 


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J. T. Dalton, General Sales Manager for Radio and Tele¬ 
vision, Bendix Radio Division, advises selling FM for its merits 
and not just to add sales. 

"DonH sell FM radios without antennas when there is 
definite question about reception. Check your local FM stations 
for their primary broadcasting areas, then explain the antenna 
story whenever your prospect or customer lives beyond them. In¬ 
sure his listening pleasure and you help assure FH»s future in your 
market", Mr. Dalton said. 

"FM waves, transmitted on high frequencies with light 
beam characteristics, are subject to shadow effects from the earth’s 
contour and buildings. The outside antenna serves to get necessary 
height for signal receotion as well as to overcome some of the 
handicaps of shielded construction in modern buildings. n 

Mr. Dalton pointed out that his company has already re¬ 
duced FM antenna installation problems to an irreducible minimum by 
equipping models with built-in antennas of high efficiency. 



Daylight time for the District crawled forward another 
step last week toward its final battle in the House. The House 
District Committee approved the same bill which has already been 
passed by the Senate, and sent it to the floor for a certain fight. 
Two of 13 present members voted against it. 

The bill gives the District Commissioners the power to 
decide if Washington will get Summer time. 

Chairman Everett M. Dirksen (F), of Illinois, said he 
hoped the bill would come up for debate on or before April 14th, 

He indicated he expected less opposition in the House than encount¬ 
ered by the previous bill, defeated by representatives of farm areas. 



Emmanual R. Haas, 56, Vice-President and Director of the 
National Radio Institute, a radio school in Washington, D. C., died 
unexpectedly last week. 

Mr. Haas, a native of Washington, attended Georgetown 
University Law School. He organized the radio school with J. E, 

Smith in 1914. Before founding the radio school, he served in the 
advertising and editorial departments of the Washington Post , Rich¬ 
mond Times Dispatch and New Orleans State s newspapers. During 
World War I he was station at Yale University in the Signal Corps 
section of the Officers Training School. 


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Wave Of Resentment Against Radio Celled A Rippl e 

(Larry Wolters in 11 Chicago Tribune 1 ') 

One of the Luce publications insists that "a very large 
part of America's radio fare affects any person of modest discrimi¬ 
nation somewhere in the rsnge between complete indifference and 
acute illness. " It adduces (and apparently indorses) this appraisal 
of radio by Columnist Robert Ruark: "Nearly everything (in radio) is 
either corny, strident, bore some, florid, inane, repetitive, irrita¬ 
ting, offensive, moronic, adolescent, or nauseating." 

Luce's writers detect a mighty revolt against this messy 
fare. (Luce sold his interest in ABC last year.) 

Well, there is much in radio that is tawdry and vapid. 

And broadcasting is given to over commercialism. Even the leaders 
in the industry are beginning to say so, and demand a check on these 
excesses. But it obviously isn't as bad as Fortune finds it. Sur¬ 
veys indicate that people are doing more listening than at any time 
since pearl Harbor. The Federal Communications Commission has dish¬ 
ed out as many new station licenses in the last, year as there were 
stations on ’(t-J day which indicates that a lot of people think radio 
is here to stay. * * * 

Fortune rails at radio because so much of its time is 
devoted to entertainment. All the authoritative polls indicate 
that the 60 million set owners want it that way, albeit they are 
willing to be informed, too. What Fortune is really revolting 
against is the national taste which prefers Bing to Bach, Jack Benny 
to the Canterbury Tales and the juke-box to Stravinsky. It is look¬ 
ing down its nose not so much at radio as at the American public. 

If our entertainment preferences are low, it is not entirely radio's 

Elevating the cultural levels of a nation is a 9low pro¬ 
cess which radio can't do alone. Eut we think radio has spread 
musical appreciation, and that it has helped the press to make this 
the best informed nation. With half of the world's radio sets in 
American homes (turned on upwards of 3 hours a day) and the public 
buying new ones at the rate of 15 million a year, we fail to detect 
any wave of resentment against radio. At the most, it's only a 

Television Antenna Technician Gets Up In The Worl d 


Climbing the ladder of success rung by rung might be much 
too slow for some people, but not for Jim Pattie, 39. It's been his 
work for a long time. Jim is Los Angeles' scaler of towers, the 
fellow most often called upon to climb the slender antennae towers 
of radio stations to place new bulbs in airplane beacons. The task 
he likes most is servicing the Don Lee television station whose 
300-foot tower is perched high atop a 1,700-foot mountain. .Jay up 
there on top, the only kibitzers are gulls. 

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Plug-Ugly Still To Be With Us In Televisi on 

(Jack Gould in "New York Time a" 

What is already apparent is that there will be no lack 
of effort to promote television’s sales function. The ugly plug 
of radio is not going to disappear with the addition of sight; it 
may very possibly become uglier. On a telecast recently at dinner 
time there was shown a little girl going into the bathroom and, 
under mother*s guidance, dutifully massaging her gums with a tooth¬ 
paste. A manly gentleman on television also has adorned his up¬ 
holstered chest with an appropriate salve for a cough. On another 
occasion, four actors sat" down to dinner and discussed the patented 
features of the table glassware. Integration of advertising mes¬ 
sages with the context of the entertainment also is being tried. 
Television with all its educational possibilities, may take the 
country’s cultural level down as well as up. 

Work Is Advice Given To Young Man Of Today 

( "Relay") 

Question: What advice would you give the young man of to¬ 
day who is seeking a career in the radio communications industry? 

T. K. Mitchell, Executive Vice president, R.C.A. Communi¬ 
cations, Inc.: "My first advice to him is WORK. His success there¬ 
after will depend largely upon the price in effort he is willing to 
pay for it. The best formula I know of for success was expressed 
many centuries ago in the ninth chapter of the Old Testament book, 
Ecclesiastes, which said: ’Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do 
it with all thy might.’ We workers in industry may be subdivided 
into three general classes: There is the small grout) which works 
hardest to keep from working. They are our troublemakers. The 
Corapajiy is always ’unfair* to them. The rest of us carry their bur¬ 
dens. They spend their lifetime laboriously shirking, and they 
finish up about where they started. 

"Next comes the vast majority who do all that the Job 
requires and do it reasonably well. They are honest, conscientious, 
and fair. They are reasonably contented in their oosition for they 
apparently feel that a greater measure of success is not worth its 
added price in effort. They are the backbone of any industry. The 
remaining few percent make it a point always to do more than is ex¬ 
pected and to do it better. These few are willing to pay the price 
in effort and they inevitably gravitate to the top. So, once in 
the organization, the average young man can generally oredetermine 
the degree of success which he is likely to achieve, by the price 
he is willing to pay. It is Just as simple as that." 

T he Bo.v Who Defied President Roosevelt 
TLeonard Lyons in the Washington Post V 

petrillo tells friends: "If I ever catch Truman playing 
with a band, so help me - I’ll put him on the Unfair List immedi¬ 
ately. " 


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NAB's Research Committee will hold its initial meeting 
of the year on April 24 in New York City, Carl J* Burkland, WTO?, 
Washington, D, C., Committee Chairman, has announced. 

Board Liaison Members are: Frank Stanton, C3S, and Harold 
Ryan, WSPD, Toledo. 

An appeal to individual radio stations last week to adopt 
the 2 % cash discount, already in effect with the national radio net¬ 
works, was made this week by the American Association of Advertising 

The Seattle Star was sold this week to Sheldon F. Sackett 
of Coos Bay, Creg., heading a group known as the Sackett radios and 
newspapers. Howard W. Parish, present publisher, will remain as 
General Manager. 

Sir Evelyn Murrey, 66, former Secretary of the British 
Post Office, who took part in the inauguration of transoceanic 
radio January 7, 1927, died in London Sunday. On that historic day 
Sir Evelyn in London took wart in the opening conversation with 
Walter S. Gifford, President of the American Telephone and Tele¬ 
graph Company in New York. 

Seventy-four members of the New York staff of the Columbia 
Broadcasting System received diplomas last week from New York Uni¬ 
versity, signifying their successful completion of a special Tele¬ 
vision Technical Course conducted by the University at C3S head¬ 

Production of a third such combination within a month, a 
new FM-AM phonograph-radio, Model GK-143, has been announced by 
the Farnsworth Television A- Radio Corporation. 

Containing 13 tubes and a rectifier, the new model offers 
short-wave reception in addition to FM and AM. It has a built-in- 
tenna for AM reception, a built-in-dipole antenna for FM reception, 
beam power,output, push-pull amplification, automatic volume control, 
a 12-inch permanent magnet Alnico speaker, and a Farnsworth auto¬ 
matic record changer which accommodates 12 - 10-inch or 10 - 12- 
inch records and automatically shuts off the phonograph after the 
last record in a stack has been played. 

Assistant Secretary of State Willard L. Thorp sends the 
following letter to Murray Dyer, NBC's script man for "Our Foreign 
Policy" series, 

"Dear Mr. Dyer: 

I was amused to notice in the NBC Guide for April 
that the program entitled ’Coffee With Congress' was 
under the general heading of Music. Are you trying 
to make the New Yorker (magazine)? 


(signed) Willard L. Thorp" 
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Gerald Deakin and James E. Fullam, Vice-presidents, have 
been elected Directors of the International Telephone and Telegraph 
Corporation. Mr. Deakin has served as a Vice-President of I. T. 
since 1932 and as Vice-President and Chief Engineer since 1944, Mr. 
Fullam, / divisional Vice-President in charge of all I. T. & T. pro¬ 
perties in the Pacific territory, excluding Australia and New Zea¬ 
land, with headquarters at Shanghai, China 

On the ground that obituary notices are not "good radio”, 
WSPR of Springfield, Mass, last week dropped its three death notice 
programs, and WMAS announced it would drop its two obit programs 
later in the week. 

Obit programs have been part of the extra news service 
offered by both local stations since the city was left without news¬ 
papers by a four-paper strike Sept. 26 of three AFL and one CIO 
uniont employed by Sherman H. Bowles. 

Aviation Corporation - Quarter to Feb. 28: Consolidated 
net income, $1,855,111, equal to 26 cents each on 6,613,424 common 
shares. Consolidated net sales for the three months were 825,097,- 
914, or almost 50 per cent of the total sales for the 1946 fiscal 
year. No comparison with previous year is available since operating 
results of Crosley Corporation, New Idea, Inc. and American Central 
Manufacturing Corporation, now operated as divisions of AVCO, were 
not included in results for first quarter of that year. 

The next in a series of meetings between officials of the 
American Broadcasting Company and its affiliated stations will be 
held in Fort Worth, Tex. today, Wednesday, April 2, with Mark Woods, 
president of ABC, and John H. Norton, Jr., ABC vice-president in 
charge of stations in attendance. This follows a session Monday 
at Kansas City, Mo. 

Among technical papers from overseas by Philips Labor¬ 
atories, Inc., 100 E. 42nd^ Street, New York, N. Y. , were: "Theory 
of Grounded Amplifiers", author A. Van der Ziel. Part 1 deals with 
losses and noise in valves at ultra high frequencies. Part 2 ap¬ 
plies theory to applications; end "Control of Current Distribution 
in Electron Tubes", Author J. L. H. Jonker. Measurements on a model 
with a rubber membrane illustrate how control is effected. Calcu¬ 
lations are found to agree with the experiment. 

WOL-Mutual newsman Ray Henle, in checking to see how CPA 
employees scent their time during their last days, dispatched a 
young lady to visit some of the OPA offices to see what was happen¬ 

The young lady in reporting back to Mr. Henle said in 
some OPA divisions real work was being done but in others she had 
found employees drinking cokes and having a gay time. 

In one division the supervisor was not in, but on her 
desk lay a book, open, titled "How To Train Fleas", - no doubt the 
supervisor's next field of endeavor. 


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Radio — Television — FM — Communications 

2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

Railroads Reveal New Interest In Train Radio Programs.1 

FCG Amends Transcribing Daylight Saving Area Programs Rule..3 

CBS Has Laugh As Republicans Hit Truman Jackson Broadcast*..4 

FCC On The Move.4 

2,600,000 FM Sets In 1947 Foreseen By Radio Manufacturers....... 5 

Washington Airport Employs Radar In Safer Landings. ......6 

Networks Not Crippled By Telephone Strike - Up Third Day.....7 
Radio Writers To Serve strike Notice; Effective In 30 Days.7 

McDaniel Elected Vice President Of RCA Communications.8 

Meet Commodore E. M. Webster, Newest FCC Commissioner..8 

RMA Engineers Have Busy Schedule For Spring Meeting.8 

FBI Head Reveals Communists Are Seeking Radio Channels. .....9 

Vice-Admiral G-lassford To Be RCA European Manager.9 

Educators Getting Into FM Game; 34 stations Now, More Coming...10 
Would Have Size Of Television Audience Determine Hours..10 

Plans Completed For Introducing Television To Washington...11 

Westinghouse Chairman Hits Swollen Federal Taxes...,.11 

WOR Mobile Emergency Studio Is Ready For Anything Anywhere.12 

RCA Victor Appoints NewGeneral Manager And Two New V-Ps.12 

Scissors And Paste...13 

Trade Notes.....15 

No. 1770 

April 9, 1947 


Possibly due to the criticism of Robert R. Young, Chair*- 
man of the 3oard of the Chesapeake and Ohio and others, railroads 
are now taking notice of a good many suggestions that heretofore 
went unheeded. For instance, the provision of good radio and 
recorded music service for passengers, on individual control basis, 
is something in which railroad managements are reported now to be 
very greatly interested. 

Of course this is a thing which has already been tried 
out one way or another but apparently solving the mechanical prob¬ 
lems encountered in a fast moving train have not been as simple as 
generally supposed. A discussion of the proposition by Phillips B. 
Patton of the Mobile Communications Division of the Farnsworth 
Television and Radio Corporation, also brought up a number of other 
problems which seemed to have engineers themselves guessing. Speak¬ 
ing to the Railroad Communications Club in Chicago - and a scholarly 
address it was - Patton said, in part: 

•’Somewhat over a year ago, the Farnsworth Television and 
Radio Corporation undertook a development program to provide pleas¬ 
ing aural entertainment for railway passengers. That word •pleas¬ 
ing* should be noted, because the inclusion of that simple word in 
the basic objective had profound effect upon most of the technical 
decisions later to be made. It meant the^ system had to be designed 
primarily to satisfy the passenger-listener, not the manufacturer, 
or, for that matter, the purchaser. 

“Although all evidence would make it natural to assume a 
public desire for railway music, this project was approached with 
an open mind. The first step taken, therefore, was to determine 
by experimentation whether railway passengers really wanted music 
aboard trains. Last March, magnetic-type reproducing equipment was 
placed in permanent service on a railway diner regularly running 
between Chicago and Kansas City. This test installation has been 
in constant operation ever since. It represents, we believe, the 
first public use of magnetic wire reproduction in railroad enter¬ 
tainment service. A number of passengers were interviewed after 
meals served on this diner. 

“These interviews indicated that, without question, the 
initial diner installation was both an immediate and continuing suc¬ 
cess from a passenger reaction point of view. At the same time, it 
was found that a large number of passengers object to the type and 
quality of entertainment presently furnished by the conventional 
radio receiver located in club cars of many of our most modern 

“These objections stem from several factors, the most 
common being that a uniform distribution of the program material 

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throughout the car la not possible from a single speaker. Passen¬ 
gers sitting directly across the car from the radio may be annoyed 
by the uncomfortable loudness. Those sitting a few chairs away may 
consider the volume setting satisfactory, and passengers less than 
half a car length away can scarcely hear the entertainment. More¬ 
over, the different ambient noise levels encountered on a train, 
when it is standing and when it is running, and as the character of 
the roadbed or near-by reflecting surfaces change, cause convention¬ 
al entertainment systems to achieve a condition of almost contin¬ 
uously unsatisfactory level for the majority of the passengers. 

“Another, but less important factor, causing some pas¬ 
sengers to object to the use of radios aboard trains concerns the 
matter of program content. In the conventional train-board broad¬ 
cast radio installation, one passenger selects a program which 
satisfies his particular desires. Tastes vary widely, of course, 
and the program selection of one passenger often is not satisfactory 
to others. 

“After the first entertainment system had been in service 
for some time and it was felt that sufficient data concerning the 
raction of the passenger public had been secured, the specific 
objectives of the equipment development program were set forth in 
detail. It appeared that several basic requirements would have to 
be met If the railway passenger program distribution system was to 
provide pleasing entertainment for the passenger public. 

“(l) A uniform distribution of sound throughout each car would 
have to be achieved. 

“(2) The level at which the entertainment was rendered would have 
to be regulated constantly so as to bear a constant relation¬ 
ship to train noises - sufficiently loud to mask extraneous 
noises, but sufficiently unobtrusive to permit passengers to 
reject the program, if desired, in favor of conversation, 
study, or sleep. 

“(3) The basic entertainment material would have to be music, and 

music specifically chosen for background purposes. Selections 
employing sharp passages or changes of key and extended clym? 
amic range which compel the listener’s attention would have 
to be avoided. While music is adapted to easy acceptance or 
rejection by the average ear, the same cannot be said for 
•Gang Eusters', ’Jack Armstrong - The All American Boy 1 , or, 
for that matter, most radio programs, which are specifically 
designed to compel and hold the listener’s attention. 

“(4) The art of musical therapy by which listeners may be soothed 
and time can be made to pass quickly should be exploited 
fully in connection with the programming of musical material 
to be presented on trains. 

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"(5) Standard broadcast radio reception should be available, but 
should be utilized in open cars only for programs of partic¬ 
ular merit and of general interest. The selection of radio 
programs should be pre-arranged and should be under the 
exclusive control of a railway employee. 

M (6) The receiver should be incapable of improper tuning to a 

station and should be incapable of selecting a station whose 
primary service area does not include the railroad right-of- 

“(7) Room passengers should be permitted at all times to choose 
between several, types of entertainment, including radio, 
depending upon their preferences. 

M (8) So far as possible, the distribution system should afford 
fidelity of reproduction equal to that available in average 
American homes today ajid during the next few years* 

“(9) Equipment should be so designed that inexpensive, simple 

initial systems can be easily and economically expanded, as 
required by passenger demands, to more elaborate arrangements. 

'•(10) Equipment design should incorporate techniques capable of 
meeting the problems peculiar to railroads, such as severe 
shock, easy maintenance, and simplified installation. 

Mr. Patton concluded by saying that all of these require¬ 
ments have been met in Farnsworth Railway Passenger Program Distri¬ 
bution Systems. 



At the request of the American Broadcasting Company and 
the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion has amended Section 3.407 of its rules regarding transcribing 
programs in areas where Daylight Saving is effective, as follows: 

“luring the annual periods in which Daylight Saving Time 
will be effective, the requirements of this Section are waived, 
with respect to network programs transcribed and rebroadcast one 
hour later because of the time differential resulting from the 
adoption of Daylight Saving Time in some areas, upon the following 
conditions: The waiver is not to be applicable when an individual 

station makes an off-the-line recording, but is to be applicable 
only when the off-the-line recording is made by the network itself 
at one of its key stations, and is for broadcast one hour later by 
those stations which operate on Standard Time. Furthermore, each 
station which broadcasts network programs one hour later in accord¬ 
ance with this waiver shall make an appropriate announcement at 
least once each day between the hours of 10:00 a.M. and 10:00 P.M., 
stating that some or all of the network programs which are broad¬ 
cast by that station are delayed broadcasts by means of transcrip¬ 
tion. A network organization taking advantage of this waiver should 
so advise the Commission. “ 


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The Columbia Broadcasting system which turned down the 
program claiming it was political very likely hardly expected to be 
backed up so quickly by Carroll Reece, Republican Chairman, who 
took exactly the same view of President Truman’s Jackson Day dinner 
speech in Washington last Saturday night, and demanded free time 
from the three networks - NBC, MBS, and ABC, who broadcast it. 

Chairman Reece said he was not making the request for the 
same amount of free radio time Just now and added that "if such an 
allocation of time should be requested and granted, it would be used 
for proper political purposes - not as an excuse for extracting 
reluctant campaign contributions from the pockets of officeholders". 

Placing the value of the free time accorded the president 
at £30,000, Mr. Reece gave currency to Democratic National Committee 
estimates that about £200,000 would be realized on the Washington 
dinner alone. He said that since Committee officials had predicted 
that Mr. Truman would be a candidate next year, "it would perhaps 
be justifiable to say this affair was staged for the purpose of 
helping to raise Mr. Truman’s own campagin fund". 

"It has seemed to me for many years past that such use of 
free radio time for the avowed purpose of raising campaign funds 
constitutes an abuse of radio facilities, and poses a violation of 
the spirit of the legal restrictions on political contributions by 
corporations", wrote Mr. Reece. 

"I realize, of course, that this is an inherited abuse 
for which I am not inclined to hold the broadcasting companies res¬ 
ponsible. It is, in ray opinion, one of the many heritages from the 
day when public office was considered private property. 

"I fear the imnression has grown up that free radio time 
is a royal prerogative , 0 ^prae thing to be given without question when¬ 
ever requested and with/regard for the purpose to which it may be 
devoted. " 


Because the Post Office Department wants more space, some 
units of the Federal Communications Commission in the New Post 
Office tuilding will soon move to Temporary 1 Building, near the 
Lincoln Memorial. They include the Safety and Special Services 
units of Law and Engineering Deoartments, Field Engineering and 
Monitoring, Technical and Commercial Information, Sections of the 
Frequency Service Allocations Division, and Amateur Licensing 
Sections. About 200 persons are affected. Some are in parts of 
four other buildings required for expanded FCC activities. 




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A survey by the Radio Manufacturers* Association released 
Tuesday indicates that radio set manufacturers are planning to pro¬ 
duce approximately 2,600,000 receivers with FM facilities in 1947. 

The majority of them will be AM-FM consoles due to higher FM manu¬ 
facturing costs. 

A special RMA committee on FM, appointed by President R. C. 
Cosgrove to make a "realistic" report on the outlook for FM set and 
transmitter production this year, however, took a more cautious 
view, after a thorough analysis of all factors, and estimated that 
the 1947 output of FM sets possibly will be between 1.8 and 2.1 
million because of anticipated production difficulties. 

The RMA committee, which presented its report at a meeting 
with a committee of the FM Association, which is to have Its first 
regional meeting in Albany, N.Y. next Monday (April 14), said it is 
"most encouraged" by the 1947 outlook for FM set and transmitter 
production but warned that the growth of this new broadcasting ser¬ 
vice will be gradual and would be hampered rather than aided at this 
time by the manufacturing of "cheap FM sets" which would not realize 
the full advantages of FK broadcasting. 

The RMA report also revealed that transmitter manufacturers 
estimate delivery of more than 700 FM transmitters by the end of 
this year and confirmed the forecast of 700 FM stations on the air 
by the end of 1947 as made recently by Charles R. Denny, Jr., Chair¬ 
man of the Federal Communications Commission. 

The special RMA Committee on Liaison with the FMA is 
headed by L. F. Hardy, Vice-President of the Philco Corp,, Philadel¬ 
phia. Other members are: Ben Abrams, President of the Emerson 
Radio & Phonograph Corp., New York; E. A. Nicholas, President of 
the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corp., Fort Wayne, Ind. ; H, C, 
Bonfig, Vice-President of the Zenith Radio Corp., Chicago; and 
S. P. Taylor of the Western Electric Co., New York City, and Chair¬ 
man of the RMA Transmitter Division. RMA President Cosgrove, 

General Manager of the Crosley Division, Cincinnati, is an ex- 
officio member of the Committee. 

Radio manufacturers, as well as their distributors and 
dealers, are just as anxious to sell FM sets as are the FM broadr- 
casters to build up listening audiences, the Committee declared. 

But manufacturers also must serve the needs of standard or AM 
broadcasters and their millions of listeners, many of whom do not 
have FM services, it added. Publicity by some FM broadcasters 
advising listeners not to buy a radio set "unless it has an FM 
band", the manufacturers said, "Is not constructive but destructive 
to FM2. 

Pointing out that it has taken approximately 25 years to 
make possible the present AM radio programs service and to provide 
the public with sixty million receiving sets, the Committee 

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commented: "It is obvious that the creation of such an audience 

for FM, even at enormous production levels, will take some time." 

The radio manufacturing industry, the Committee said, has 
produced approximately as many FM radio sets during the first quar¬ 
ter of 1947 as it did during the entire year 1946, and the produc¬ 
tion rate is expected to continue climbing each month. March*s 
output of 67,364 brings the quarter's total to 172,276. 

The Committee called attention to the fact that despite 
the rapid growth of FM broadcasting, AM stations far outnumber FM 
stations and many sections of the country are entirely without FM 
service. Moreover, the Committee declared, only by maintaining 
high volume AM set production can the radio industry lower FM manu¬ 
facturing costs. 

Tabulated returns from the questionnaire sent to all RMA 
set manufacturers revealed the following production estimates for 
the entire year 1947: 

1, Estimated production of AM-FM table model sets: 

(A) To retail under $50 43,000 

(B) To retail over $50 810,720 

2. Estimated production of AM-FM console models: 

(A) With phonograph 1,595,729 

(B) Without phonograph 70,000 

3. Estimated production of FM (only) sets: 146,000 

Total 2,665,949 

A survey of FM transmitter manufacturers revealed the 
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About $600,000 worth of new radar equipment was placed in 
operation at National Airport in Washington, D.C. last week in the 
country's first commercial application of the war-developed devices. 

An official party inspected the system with the aid of 
two airplanes, one making landing approaches visible on short-range 
scopes, and the other cruising airways for 100 miles around Washing¬ 
ton to demonstrate the giant scanning set. 

Operators can "see" all planes within a 30-mile radius on 
one scope, and observe their exact landing approach path on another, 
more precise set. Any plane eqiipped with proper voice radio can 
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Network executives have their fingers crossed but were 
congratulating themselves, dependent as they are on the long lines, 
that through the third day, at least, the telephone strike had not 
affected them. In Washington, and so far as known elsewhere, 
broadcasting was being carried on as usual. 

These wires are regularly leased and do not require any 
service by telephone operators. Officials said that supervisory 
employees who will remain on duty would do their best to maintain 
regular service on these circuits, 

A radio station official said that no trouble is expected 
in broadcasting network programs ”piped H from another city except 
in the case of a breakdown of lines which the telephone coraoany 
might have difficulty in repairing because of the strike. 

One effect the telephone strike will have will be to 
restrict a local radio station from picking up remote programs else¬ 
where in its area where it does not already have connections. 

Radio engineers notified the stations they would not 
handle pickups from installations made by non-union workers. 



Formal notice of a Nation-wide strike by the Radio Writers 
Guild will be served on the networks today (April 9) and other sta¬ 
tions tomorrow, it was announced by Roy Langhem, National Executive 
Secretary of the Guild. The strike will not become effective until 
30 days after the notice. 

The New York and Hollywood sections of the Guild voted 
to strike end the Chicago section voted last night. However, Mr. 
Langham said that the vote of the New York and Hollywood sections 
was 30 to 1 in favor of a strike, which guarantees a majority. 

The strike will include approxiraately 1,700 free lance 
writers who turn out scripts for many of the leading network pro¬ 

Sam Moore, National President of the Guild, said in Holly¬ 
wood that the strike is principally concerned with ownership of 
scripts. He charged that writers lose all title to their material 
once it is sold. 





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Election of Glen McDaniel ae Vice President and General 
Attorney of RCA Communications, Inc., 66 Broad Street, was announc¬ 
ed last week by Thompson H. Mitchell, Executive Vice-President. 

Mr, McDaniel Joined RCA Communications as General Counsel 
in February, 1946, after serving as Chairman of the Navy Board of 
Contract Appeals and as Special Counsel to Secretary of the Navy 
James V. porrestal when Mr. Forrestal was Under Secretary. 



Unless there is some unforeseen hitch in the proceedings. 
Commodore Edward M. Webster, U. S. Coast Guard, Retired, former 
telecommunications head of the National Association of American 
Shipping, will formally be inducted into his new position as a 
member of the Federal Communications Commission tomorrow (Thursday, 
April 10) to fill out the unexpired term of Paul Porter. 

It is believed one of the first matters which Commission¬ 
er Webster will concern himself with will be the World Telecom¬ 
munications Conference at Atlantic City, May 15th. The meetings 
have been arranged by the State Department in cooperation with the 
International Telecommunications Union which has a membership of 
some 80 countries which are party to the agreement adopted in 
Madrid in 1932, now in force. 



The program for the Radio Manufacturers* Association^ 
Annual Spring meeting in Syracuse calls for a technical session to 
be held Monday, April 28, to include the following papers; 

"Absolute vs Industrial Standardization" by C. H. Crawford, General 
Electric Co.; "Characteristics and Circuit Application of a New 
Low Power Tetrode" by H.C.M. Longacre, Sylvania Electric Products 
Inc,; "Color Television Transmitter Design in the UHF" by J. T, 
Wilson, Columbia Broadcasting System; and "Television Mobile Gnit", 
W. T. Poch, F?dio Corporation of America. 

On Tuesday, April 29, the technical session will embrace 
among others, the following; papers: "Frequency Modulated Links", 
by E. Ostlund, Federal Telecommunications Laboratories; and 
"Design Considerations for Commercial Rada.r Equipment" by Coleman 
London, Westinghouse Electric Corp. 


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Testifying before the House Un-American Activities Com¬ 
mittee, J, Edgar Hoover, Head of the Federal Bureau of Investiga¬ 
tion, said now that the aims and objectives of the Communists are 
being exposed, they are creating a committee for the Constitutional 
Rights of Communists, and are feverishly working to build up what 
they term a quarter-million-dollar "defense fund" to place ads in 
papers, to publish pamphlets, to buy radio time. 

"They know that today it is a fight to the finish and 
that their backs will soon be to the wall." 

Hoover declared that to be successful, the tactics of the 
Communists require that, among other things, they must seize all 
communications, railroads and radio stations. 

"The Communists have departed from depending upon the 
printed word as its medium of propaganda", Mr. Hoover continued, 
"and has taken to the air. Its members and sympathizers have not 
only infiltrated the airways but they are now persistently seeking 
radio channels." 



Vice-Admiral William A. Glassford, U. S.N. (Ret.), has 
been appointed European Manager for activities of the Radio Corpor¬ 
ation of America in the United Kingdom and on the Continent of 
Europe, His headquarters will be at 43 Berkeley Square, London. 

Admiral Glassford served with distinction in World War I 
and Wbrld War II, and upon conclusion of the latter conflict became 
Commander of U, S. Naval Forces in Germany, in control of sea com¬ 
munications for the U. S. Army of Occupation. He participated in 
negotiations with the British, French and Germans in solving 
German and Austrian inland water-way problems, and was American 
representative on the Tripartite Commission with the British and 
Russians for division of the German Fleet and Merchant Marine. 

Admiral Glassford^ retirement from the Navy became 
effective on March 1, after 45 years of service. 


Walter Winchell, ABC^ commentator wiio launched the Damon 
Runyon Memorial Fund, announced at the annual American Cancer 
dinner in New York that he was turning over to the fund the sum of 
$226,463, representing donations received by him from persons in 
all walks of life and from every State of the Union. 


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The Federal Communications Commission last week granted 
construction permits for five non-cortimercial education FM broad¬ 
cast stations, including a city school system, a State college, 
two State Universities, and a school for adult education. They are: 

Board of Education, Toledo, Ohio; Pennsylvania State 
College, State College, Pa.; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 

Ala; University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind., and The Junto, Inc., 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

This makes a total of 28 construction permits for educa¬ 
tional FM stations which have been authorized. In addition, six 
stations are now operating in the educational FM band and 16 appli¬ 
cations are pending. 

The Commission has reserved 20 channels (88 to 92 mega¬ 
cycles) exclusively for non-profit educational FM broadcasting, and 
noncommercial educational organizations only are eligible to apply 
for those frequencies. 

Within recent months educators have evinced an increasing 
Interest in the educational opportunities of FM. Many letters are 
being received from schools inquiring how to apply for educational 
stations. Following the example of Wisconsin, a number of States 
are reporting plans to establish State-wide educational FM networks. 
Among those who have recently indicated that intention to the Com¬ 
mission are: Kentucky, New York, Virginia, Louisiana, Iowa, Geor¬ 
gia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Connecticut, California, Wis¬ 
consin, Ohio, Illinois, Texas and Indiana. 



The Television Broadcasters 1 Association, Inc., has pet¬ 
itioned the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider Section 
3.661 (a) of the Rules and Regulations Governing Commercial Tele¬ 
vision Broadcast Stations and amend it to permit a graduated scale 
of operations to be set up on the following basis: 

Receivers Per 
Station _ 

0 to 25,000 
25,000 to 50,000 
50,000 to 75,000 
Over 75,000 

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Coincidental with the televising of the opening Major 
League Baseball game of 1947, RCA Victor will introduce its tele¬ 
vision receivers to Washington the week of April 14 with a pro¬ 
motional program. 

Approximately 50 retailers in and around Washington have 
been granted franchises to handle RCA Victor television receivers 
by Southern Wholesalers, Inc., RCA Victor distributors in that 
territory. These dealers are sponsoring the television broadcast 
of the opening game, at wnich President Truman will throw out the 
first ball. 

A number of the retailers are using considerable news¬ 
paper space to advertise the event and other dealers have arranged 
to sponsor radio broadcasts during "T"-Week, commemorating the 
introduction of television receivers in quantities to the Washing¬ 
ton market. Several major appliance organizations and department 
stores are opening additional outlets or new television departments 
on the 14th. 

n T"-Week will initiate the establishment of a sizable 
television audience in Washington. Enough television receivers 
have already been shipped into the city by RCA Victor to permit 
each dealer to have at least two on demonstration by "T"~Day, and 
each franchised dealer will also have a representative number of 
sets for immediate sale to the first few customers. 



A, W. Robertson, Chairman of the Westinghouse Electric 
Corporation, has written the following letter on taxes to all mem¬ 
bers of the Congress: 

"You will be astonished, as I was, that I paid thirty- 
seven times as much tax to the Federal Government as I paid to all 
other tax collectors (Federal Tax from 1942 through 1946 - $746,717, 
all other taxes for the same period - $20,200). What is still more 
remarkable, this $20,200 paid for all public school facilities, all 
police protection, fire protection, sanitary service, including 
street cleaning and garbage collection. 

"While individual tax figures vary, a similar comparison 
of services could be shown by practically every taxpayer in this 
country, whether he pays much or little to his National Government. 

"It seems to me tnat, unless we have embarked openly on 
a policy of confiscation of property of the citizens in the guise 
of taking current income from individuals regardless of services 
rendered in return, Federal taxes must be reduced until they are in 
line with other taxes." 


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"Johnhy On The Spot”; WOR’s new mobile studio in New 
York, has been placed at the disposal of the Army end Navy and the 
City to supplement their equipment in emergencies. Policemen and 
firemen will be able to reach their headquarters by using the 
studio-on-wheels 1 radio telephone and four shortwave transmitters. 

For use in disaster work the vehicle has searchlights, 
gas masks, axes, cots, litters and other emergency aids. It has 
a gasoline-powered generator. To control crowds there are loud 
speakers which may be used as a public address system. 

"Johnny” is 27 feet long and can speed to the scene of 
news-breaks at 50 miles per hour. Inside there is a complete studio, 
8 foot by 10 foot, large enough to acoommodate eight persons. Ad¬ 
joining is a glass-enclosed control room. 

The WOR Engineering Department has equipped the unit with 
two studio-type recording turntables, two wire recorders and one 
spring-wound recorder. There are also four short-wave transmitters, 
including a tiny "mike raitter" which can be carried to difficult 



John G. Wilson, Operating Vice-President of the RCA Victor 
Division of the Radio Corporation of America for the past three 
years, has been appointed Vice-President and General Manager, Also 
appointed were Fred D. Wilson as Vice President in Charge of Opera¬ 
tions and Joseph H, McConnell as Vice-President in Charge of Law 
and Finance. 

Mr. J. G. Wilson has been with the RCA Victor Division 
since 1944. prior to joining the RCA organization he was Executive 
Vice-President of the United Wall Paper Company. 

F. D. Wilson, Vice-President in Charge of Personnel since 
1946, joined the RCA organization in 1936 as a District Manager at 
Minneapolis and in the same year he was moved to Cleveland, then 
later to Chicago where he became Regional Manager. 

Mr. McConnell, a. native of Davidson, North Carolina, was 
named Vice President and General Attorney of RCA Victor in 1945, 
four years after he Joined the company’s Legal Department, 


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Advises Congress To Get State Dept . Out Of Radio Entirely 

("Chicago Tribune") 

Dean Ache son, Acting Secretary of State, has sent to 
Congress legislation proposing to create a Government controlled 
corporation patterned after the British Broadcasting Company to 
operate a global radio system. The State Department is already 
up to its neck in international broadcasting, with programs going 
out in 25 different languages at a cost of more than 8 million dol¬ 
lars a year. The proposed "International Broadcasting Foundation 
of the United States" would make this ooeration permanent and would 
expand it. 

The Government’s world circling radio operation was con¬ 
ceived by William B. Benton, Assistant Secretary of State in charge 
of Information and Cultural Affairs. His idea is sugar-coated by 
proposals that domestic broadcasting companies and some institu¬ 
tions be represented on the Eoard of Trustees, and that the opera¬ 
tion, although to be financed primarily by the Government, obtain 
incidental revenue from the sale of broadcasting time to private 

Comdr. E. F. McDonald, Jr., of Chicago, in a statement 
read into the Congressional Record, has ably summarized the objec¬ 
tions of the radio industry and of proponents of free enterprise 
generally to any such permanent invasion by Government of the broad¬ 
casting field. * * * * 

Terming the Ache son-Benton project "another instance of 
unnecessary Government competition with private enterprise, and in 
a field where American private enterprise has been notably success¬ 
ful", Comdr. McDonald asserts, "There is no more reason for the 
Government to own and operate broadcasting stations than there is 
for it to publish newspapers and magazines. Nor is there any 
reason for the Government, which has neither experience nor skill 
in radio production, to spend millions of dollars developing radio 
programs." # * # # 

Experience has shown that when Government intrudes into 
radio, it abuses the privilege. In 1933, for example, the old 
Federal Radio Commission, predecessor of the FCC, issued a state¬ 
ment calling for aggressive radio support of the National Recovery 
Act. "Under the Radio Act", the statement said, "the Commission 
has no right of censorship, but the Commission has the right to 
take into consideration the kind of programs broadcast when licen¬ 
sees apply for renewal. . . It is to be hoped that radio stations 
using valuable facilities loaned to them temporarily by the Govern¬ 
ment, will not unwittingly be placed in an embarrassing position 
because of greed or lack of patriotism. " 

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Under this threat, broadcasters sought to prove they 
were not greedy by donating some 2 million dollars’ worth of radio 
time to NRA spokesmen during NBA’s first year. They were so eager 
to demonstrate "patriotism” that virtually no criticism of NRA was 
permitted on the air. 

This episode indicates that, given a permanent monopoly 
on foreign broadcasting, Government could be expected to double 
back into domestic operations with the argument that ’’national pol¬ 
icy” in overseas broadcasts must be upheld by radio programs at 
home. The industry, vital to a free public opinion, would soon be 
under Government control. Congress must avert such risks by get¬ 
ting the State Department out of radio entirely. 

WBBM Signs Negroes To Staff In Anti-Bias Stand 


Latest development in long-range fight against racial 
discrimination of WBBM, Chicago CBS outlet, is the signing of two 
colored singers to its staff* Duo, Ira Burton, baritone, and Harriet 
Clemons, lyric soprano, were winners over 1,500 contestants in a 
contest sponsored by the station in conjunction with the Chicago 
Defende r. Negro weekly. WBBM is offering the pair for commerical 
aegis along with the rest of staff singers and has placed them on 
one Sunday show already. 

In addition, vocalists play a week's engagement at 
Oriental theatre, downtown vaude house. Contest, which was open 
to singers between ages of 17 to 24, had been going on for six 

(Editor's Note: WBBM recently was cited in connection with 
the “Wendell L. Willkie, Negro Journalism Awards". H. Leslie 
Atlass of Chicago, Vice-President of CBS, received the certificate 
from President Truman personally who commended the work WBBM in 
cooperating with the Chicago Defender . ) 

FCC Ha8 Big Ears 
("This Week Magazine”) 

Strike us down if we ever complain about governmental in¬ 
efficiency. Newsman Robert Nichols wires us from Little America 
about Bob Reuben, radio correspondent for NBC, who tried for hours 
one day to contact his New York station 10,000 miles away. He was 
quietly going crazy among the icebergs when he heard a faint voice 
over the air saying, "Can anyone contact our NBC correspondent. 

Bob Reuben? ” 

Reuben yelled, "Here I ami” but the voice died away. He 
pushed his microphone away disgustedly and muttered, "DammitJ ” 

Immediately a new voice burst in on his receiver l ’’This 
is Federal Communications Commission in New York. Watch your 
language* Watch your language] ” 


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The United States Television Mfg. Corp., of 3 west 61et 
Street, New York City, came out today (Wed. April 9) with half page 
advertisements in the New York papers offering sets with the "big¬ 
gest home television picture - almost two feet by one and a half 
feet six times the size of the average picture. " 

No price was given for the home sets but a set for bars, 
hotels, and ciubs was offered for $2,450 plus $145 Federal Tax plus 
$85 average installation. 

Among the stores listed as selling the U.S. Television 
sets were R, H. Macy, John Wanamaker snd Abraham and Straus. 

The Kedzie Protective Patrol of Chicago was granted a 
construction permit by the Federal Communications Commission for a 
land station and a mobile station with 2 units for testing dispatch¬ 
ing, limited to the prevention of fire and burglary and emergencies 
involving safety of life and property. This authorization is strict¬ 
ly experimental, without assurance of regular service being author¬ 

Niles Trammell, President of the National Broadcasting 
Company, speaking in Atlanta at a two-day regional meeting of the 
network there, declared that much of the 1948 presidential campaign 
will be televised, indicating that successful candidates will have 
to use showmanship. 

Edward Sarnoff has joined Radio and Appliance Distribut¬ 
ors, Inc., East Hartford, Conn., as Advertising and Sales Promotion 
Manager. Mr. Sernoff is the son of Gen. David Sarnoff, President, 
Radio Corporation of .America. 

Rear Admiral Ellery W. Stone, 53, former head of the 
Allied Control Commission for Italy and International Telephone and 
Telegraph Corp. Vice-President, and Contessina Renata Arborio Mella 
di Santelia, 28, were married in a chapel of St. Peter's Church in 
Rome Monday. It was a private ceremony performed by Frederico 
Cardinal Tedeschini, Archbishop of the Basilica. Afterwards the 
couple had an audience with Pope Pius XII. 

It has just been discovered that during the war a bomb 
crashed through the roof of a crypt in Bologna, Italy, and came to 
rest, unexploded, beside the coffin of Gugilielmo Marconi, the 
inventor of radio. The bomb has now been removed. The tenth 
anniversary of Marconi's death will be observed Friday, April 25th. 

A new type of multi-television broadcasting and receiving 
system was demonstrated last week-end by the Emerson Radio & Phono¬ 
graph Company for a delegation of educational authorities headed by 
Francis Meehan, President of the Newark, N.J., Board of Education. 
The new development, designed primarily for industrial and educa¬ 
tional institutions, brings any desired number of remote visions 
end sounds to one central reception point, it was stated. 

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A survey made for the Columbia Broadcasting System by 
the Market Research Company of America, the results of which were 
made a special study by Nielsen Radio Index, revealed that 
35,900,000 U. S. homes now have radio sets in use, an all-time peek; 
an increase of 1,902,000 over the 33,998,000 reported by Broadcast 
Measurement Bureau on Jan. 1, 1946. In all, America’s radio fam¬ 
ilies now own and operate 52,500,000 receivers, exclusive of auto¬ 
mobile and portable radios. 

Also that 93 percent of all families have receivers; that 
B| Million were bought in *46; and that the total listening hours 
per day is now up by more than 4i million. 

The wrecked airplane and the body of John F, Mannierre, 

44, Federal Communications Commission attorney, were found Monday 
on the side of a mountain a few miles from Lanesville, in Tucker 
County, West Virginia. 

State police Sergt, J. M. Johnson said the smashed craft 
was discovered by a young man and boy who were hunting strayed sheep. 

Mr, Mannierre, whose home was in Winnetka, Ill., dis¬ 
appeared March 25 while making a flight alone from Huntington to 

Miss Mary Somerville, the British Broadcasting Corpora¬ 
tion’s Director of Schools Broadcasting, who retired in April will 
visit Australia and the United States to speak and advise on edu¬ 
cational broadcasting. Miss Somerville will then return to the 
BBC to assist the Controller of Talks on program matters. 

Frank C. Page, Vice-President of the International 
Telephone and Telegraph Corp., and Mrs. Page have announced the 
engagement of their daughter, Cecilia, to Robert C. Bourget, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bourget of Thurso, Quebec. The wedding will 
take place in the Autumn. 

The prospective bride studied at Miss Hewitt’s Classes 
in New York, was graduated from Milton (Mass.) Academy Girls School, 
and attended Sarah Lawrence College. She made her debut at the 
Junior Assemblies in 1 944. The bride-elect is a grand-daughter of 
the late Walter Hines Page, Ambassador to Great Britain during the 
first World War. Mr. Bourget was graduated from Ashford College 
in Ottawa. 

Contents of NBC Digest for April, 1947, include: "Greece 
and Turkey Need U. S. Aid" by President Harry S. Truman; "The philos¬ 
ophy of Communism", Fulton J, Sheen; "Pan Americanism in world 
Affairs", Cswaldo Aranha; "The King*s English", Gracie Allen Meets 
Beatrice Lillie; "German War Criminals",- "Nazis were not super¬ 
men but super-gangsters"; "How Can We Avoid Economic Collapse", 

A University of Chicago Round Table Discussion; "First Broadcast 
from Moscow", Henry Cassidy; "Trouble in the teaching Profession", 

W. W. Chaplin. 


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INDEX TO ISSUE OF APRIL 16, 1947 ' 18 1347 

Broadcasting Congress Committees Now Pushover; All Willing.1 

"Get Behind TV - Not In Front Of It", TV Head Admonishes.3 

New publicity Man Aids In putting FM Assn. On The Map 
New KRNT, Des Moines, To Top Empire State By 250 Feet 

FCC Seeks AM Construction And Operating Costs Of New Stations.6 

825,000,000 G. E. Electronics park Begins Production . ...6 

FCC Commissioner Durr Critical Of Radio At N. Y. Times Forum.7 

Emerson Gets On Presidential Price-Cut 3and-Wagon.7 

"Amazing Not So Few 3ut So Many FM Sets In ‘47" - Eonfig. P 

Rain Mars "T" Day In Capital; Also Truman’s TV Debut.9 

Twenty—Year Radio Club Dines; Mark Woods President,...,.9 

FCC Grants N. Y. City FM And TV Permits; N.Y. News Wins Both.10 

Japs Keen For New "English Conversation n Radio Program..*..!. !lC 

Washington, D, C. Daylight Saving Bill Delayed.11 

Wider Band For Industrial, Scientific, Medical Devices' Use.* .*!.*!.*.’ 11 
Radio Has Become Definite Part Of American Life.11 

Sixty Nations To Consider Marine Radio .Aids ^o Navigation.. 12 

The Hucksters" Soon To Come to Life In Movie. *’*.**12 

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So pleased are members of Congress with the broadcasts of 
their Committee meetings direct from Capitol Hill, a thing they 
bitterly opposed for years, that they now all seem to want to get 
on the bandwagon. In fact, there was quite a hullabaloo when it was 
found following broadcasts of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 
that requests for further airing of the proceedings had been turned 
down because the proceedings had been transferred from the spacious 
Caucus Room to the smaller room of the Finance Committee where it 
was said space would not permit installing radio equipment. 

Not satisfied with this explanation Senator Glen Taylor(D) 
of Idaho, formerly a radio performer known as "The Singing Cowboy" 
complained to the Senate that though Dean Ache son, Acting Secretary 
of State and others, had been allowed to present the Government’s 

side of the Greek-Turkish assistance plan, no opoortunity had been 
presented to the opposition to state its case. Accordingly, he 
requested that he be heard and this was given to him by NBC, one of 
the networks which had broadcast the House Committee hearings. Not 
only given the opportunity but on the more desirable evening time 
instead of day time which his opponents had had. 

Explaining the situation to the Senate, Senator Taylor 


"I was hapoy to learn that two radio networks broadcast 
parts of the opening sessions of the hearings now being conducted 
by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Greek-Turkish plan. 
When I heard of these broadcasts, I immediately wired the President 
of the National Broadcasting Co. to exoress my congratulations and 
my hope end confidence that he would in all fairness broadcast later 
sessions of the same Committee, at which witnesses opposed to the 
State Department plan would testify, * * * 

"I was shocked to learn that while NBC had made an attempt 
in good faith to round out its presentation by making additional 
broadcasts on which opposition witnesses could be heard, they were 
refused permission to do so. * * * 

"I was also informed that the Mutual Broadcasting System 
and Station WOL, which also had broadcast Government witnesses on 
the first day, requested permission to broadcast the opposition test¬ 
imony of Mayor LaGuardia, and was also turned down. 

"We all know that the Communications Act of 1934 enjoins 
upon radio broadcasters the responsibility to make well-rounded 
rather than one-sided presentations of public issues. * * * 

"I desire to raise the question as to why this action was 
taken. I believe that the broadcasters and the public are entitled 
to know why room could not be found in the Finance Committee room 
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less space than two chairs. This Greek-Turkish plan is probably the 
most momentous issue in the history of the United States. The pub¬ 
lic is entitled to hear all sides, and to make its decision. It is 
entitled to have full information. 

"I would appreciate it if the distinguished Chairman of 
the foreign Relations Committee could clear up this matter for us." 

To which Senator Vandenbergh (R), of Michigan, replied: 

"The Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations would 
like to state to the Senator from Idaho that he sought the caucus 
room for all the hearings. He was unable to secure the caucus room 
for Tuesday and Wednesday, because the Committee on Armed Services 
had obtained it for their hearing on the merger. 

"The witnesses heard on Tuesday, without broadcast, were 
Government witnesses. The Government was cut off from broadcast Just 
as much as anyone else when we moved to the room of the Committee on 
Finance, which was the only other room available. There was no in¬ 
tent or purpose to cut off anyone from any privilege. * * * 

"The room of the Committee on Finance is a smaller room, 
where it was not deemed feasible to set up the broadcasting appara¬ 
tus. That inhibition ran against Government witnesses on Tuesday 
Just as much as against any on Wednesday. If and when we can return 
to the caucus room the Chairman of the Committee will be very happy 
to have the broadcasting continued." 

A great break for the microphones was the uproarious ses¬ 
sion of the House Un-American Activities Committee when Committee 
Chairman Parnell Thomas ordered Communist Secretary Eugene Dennis 
from the witness stand because he refused to give the Committee his 
real name and place of birth. This was immediately followed by 
J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, who told the Committee and the 
radio audience a few things about Dennis. 

In analyzing the results of techniques developed by the 
recent live and recorded broadcasts of proceedings direct from the 
Capitol, WOL-Mutual News chief Albert L. Warner commented as follows: 

"The live broadcast is advantageous in the case of Wash¬ 
ington newsbreaks of transcendent importance, where there is an 
urgency ana immediateness, and where only a minimum of explanation 
to the listener is needed to make comprehensible the proceedings. 

"The testimony of J. Edgar Hoover and Eugene Dennis was 
clearly in that category. For most purposes, the technique of record¬ 
ing and editing will give to listeners a more well rounded and bal¬ 
anced view of the news. As a newspaper reoorter selects the import¬ 
ant developments and the most lively quotes, and as he outs in testi¬ 
mony from both sides to give balance, and as he summarizes less 
important material and supplies background to make the whole picture 
more comprehensible. The radio editor selects from his recordings 

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with the same principles in mind, and the commentator fills in with 
background and setting of the scene." 

An idea of how thoroughly the networks are now covering 
these proceedings may be gained from the fact that N3C-WRC with 
Richard Harkness handling the details broadcast one hour and 44 
minutes of the testimony of John L. Lewis before the House Labor 
Subcommittee. Harkness would pause in summing up or explaining test¬ 
imony and cut in the actual voice of Lewis so that the radio audience 
could hear with their own ears John L.'s fire eating dramatics. 
Harkness also used the wire recorder effectively in the testimony of 
of Dean Acheson, Acting Secretary of State, and J. Edgar Hoover. 

Noting the statement that NBC and Mutual were the first to 
pick up a Congressional Committee hearing, Bob Trout, Columbia 
Broadcasting System news commentator, declared he had broadcast a 
Committee session from the Hill for CBS back in 1933. This, Bob 
said, was confirmed by Senator Tydings CD), of Maryland, Chairman 
of the Committee who recalled the broadcast had been made from a 
booth which had been left from President Roosevelt’s first inaugura¬ 



There was a gentle rap on the knuckles of the critics of 
television when J. R. Poppele, President of the Television Broad¬ 
casters’ Association, addressed the Second Annual Television Insti¬ 
tute in New York Monday. 

"Will someone please tell me why everytime I receive an 
invitation to speak on television, the suggested title contains the 
word ’challenge'?' Mr. Poppele queried. 

"Having been associated with television for quite a few 
years already, I'm beginning to resent the idea that television it¬ 
self is a ’challenge*. Webster in his dictionary defines the word 
challenge as ’a defiance; a call to combat’. 

"Now, why is it that television should be associated with 
such abhorrent words as ’defiance' and ’combat'? Surely in tele¬ 
vision’s quest for the right to exist, it has already been subjected 
to enough ’defiance’ and ’combat’ from any number of sources to last 
a lifetime. 

"In other words, the next time someone asks me to speak, 
please change the word ’challenge' to something more oalatable, such 
as ’television’s insoiration' or 'television’s wonderful opportun¬ 
ities'. Don't let's ’fight’ this industry any more, let's go for¬ 
ward helping it find its rightful place among the great industries 
of our times and let's get behind it - not in front of it, with a 
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Mr. poppele declared that estimates for the coming year 
range from 300,000 to 400,000 receivers. 

"Thus we may reasonably assume that by the time the presi¬ 
dential campaign comes around next year, television service will be 
within the reach of well over 40 oer cent of the nation’s popula¬ 
tion”, Mr. Poppele continued. 

"What doe8 this mean in terms of the election? 

"Well, Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, President of the Radio 
Corporation of America, estimated that there is a great possibility 
500,000 homes will be wired for television reception by the time the 
campaign gets into swing. 500,000 homes means millions of teleview¬ 
ers, and if campaigns in each locality are carried via television, 
think what this may mean in terms of votes. Who knows, maybe the 
power of persuasiveness which television provides may be responsible 
in turning the tide of the election one way or the other. 

"Of course, the coaxial cable installation program being 
energetically pushed by the American Telephone & Telegraph Company 
may make it possible to link a large number of television stations 
into a chain during the 1948 election. Most of the cable linking 
New York and Los Angeles has already been plowed under ground by 
A. T. & T. crews, but outfitting of the cable for television will be 
required before the chain can be instituted on a coast-to-coast basis. 

"Whatever the case may be, we can certainly expect a cross¬ 
continental chain within the next three years. Perhaps additional 
radio relay facilities, with which A. T. & T. and others are experi¬ 
menting today, may make possible a vastly expanded network service 
in a shorter period of time. The opportunities, here too, are limit¬ 
less. Commercially speaking, television is a magnate for some of our 
biggest advertisers. " 

Another matter which came up at the Television Institute 
meeting was the question of erecting television antenna on New York 
apartment houses. 

Ernest A, Marx, Chairman of the Television Broadcasters’ 
Association Committee in charge of the case, said a two-point formula 
has been devised and presented to the Real Estate Board of New York, 
and that favorable action is expected soon on at least part of the 

Two months ago, tenants of more than 100 Manhattan apart¬ 
ments were told by their landlords not to install television receiv¬ 
er sets because of complications in erecting suitable antenna systems 
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Although on the job a short time, William L. Barlow has 
already made his presence felt as Director of Publicity for the 
newly formed FM Association. It was largely due to the efforts of 
Mr. Barlow that the FM regional convention at Albany this week got 
as much publicity as a national gathering usually does. 

A native of Shelbyville, Indiana, Mr. Barlow has a long 
background of newspaper, radio and promotion experience. For sever¬ 
al years he served the United Press and various newspapers in Ohio. 

In 1932 he was named Director of Public Relations for the 
Kroger Grocery & Baking Company, Cincinnati, a post he held until 
1939, when he resigned to accept an assignment in the Publicity 
Department of WLW, Cincinnati. 

Two years later Mr. Barlow was named Director of Publicity 
for WLW and when the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation ourchased WINS, 
New York, from Hearst Radio, Inc., Mr. Barlow was transferred to 
New York in August, 1946, as Publicity Chief for WINS. He resigned 
last January 14 following a break in his health. During the past 
three months has been vacationing in Florida. 



Phil Hoffman, Manager of Station KRNT, Des Moines, writes 
to the editor of L ook Magazine ; 

"In a previous 'Behind the Scenes with Look', you mention¬ 
ed that you were fascinated by records of all kinds. Well, here*s 
one for your record book. The highest structure in the world, a 
tower for broadcasting frequency modulation radio programs, will be 
built by Station KRNT, Des Moines, if the Federal Government approves. 
The tower will reach more than a quarter of a mile into the sky, 
should cover an area within a radius of more than 120 miles from 
Des Moines. 

Mr. Hoffman concluded by saying that a picture which was 
printed with his letter showing the KRNT structure to be 250 feet 
higher than the Empire State Building in New York "will give your 
readers an idea of the size of the tower. 


Among the features in the International Review for April 
are articles about Colombia, "I. T. & T. and World Air Transport", 
and "The Story of the United River Plate Telephone Company. 


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Considerable interest has been shown by construction per¬ 
mit holders and applicants in the current cost of entering the stand¬ 
ard broadcast industry and in the average revenues and expenses of 
new AM stations. A substantial number of AM stations have gone on 
the air since V-J Day, and their experience offers a basis for making 
a realistic appraisal of the present situation with respect to these 

Accordingly, the Commission is mailing to each station 
authorized since October 8, 1945, a one-page questionnaire asking 
Information on actual construction costs and monthly expenses and 
revenues. It is hoped that these reports will be returned to the 
Commission on or before April 30. 

When study of these reports is completed, the overall re¬ 
sults will be made public, but individual station data will not be 



General Electric 1 s gigantic electronics manufacturing 
plant, the 825,000,000 Electronics Park at Syracuse, N.Y., went in¬ 
to production last Tuesday (April 15) when the first movement of 
transmitter assembly lines was started from the Thompson Road plant 
to the new plant, seven miles away. It is expected that the actual 
move will consume about a month and a half and that full production 
of radio transmitters acquiring 1,800 employees will be attained by 
that time. It is expected that the end of the year will see all 
units in operation. 

The first manufacturing groups to be moved will be the FM 
assembly, FM test and television. 

Located on a tract of 155 acres, Electronics Park, when 
finally completed, will look like a university set down in the roll¬ 
ing country of Central New York. There will be nine separate build¬ 
ings and more than 30 acres of the tract will be under roof. A total 
of 1,386,650 square feet of manufacturing, office and service space 
will be available. The largest building will be the receiver build¬ 
ing with a total of 479,100 square feet and the second largest will 
be the transmitter building, now being opened with a total of 
372,800 square feet. 

Other buildings include the soecialty, service, boiler 
house, laboratory, reception and administration. These buildings 
are in various stages of completion with Specialty about next to be 
ready for occupancy, probably in the Fall. The receiver building, 

900 feet long is 60 oercent completed and it is expected that it will 
also be ready well before the end of the year. 


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Asserting that radio-conditions had improved since the 
Federal Communications Commission issued its 1946 Blue Booh, but 
still could be better, FCC Commissioner Clifford J. Durr participat¬ 
ed in a New York Tim es radio forum discussion broadcast over the 
Times station WQXR on Tuesday (April15). 

Mr. Durr held that radio had been an outstanding business 
success but that it had not measured up to its potentialities and 
that 11 we should concern ourselves with the freedom of 150,000,000 
American people rather than with the freedom of broadcasters abitr- 
arily to run their own stations in any way they see fit without 
regard to listeners and their needs. " 

"By free radio”, the Commissioner said, "I mean the free¬ 
st possible outlet for the widest oossible range of ideas, opinion 
and talent, and that is what we should strive for.” 

Carl Haverlin, President of Broadcast Music, Inc., and 
John V. L. Hogan, President of WQXR, agreed that radio has made great 
strides in the last twenty-five years, but that all aspects of cur¬ 
rent broadcasting are not perfect. They attributed its success to 
the encouragement of free competition among broadcasters, with 
Government regulation only when necessary. 

Albert N. Williams, radio editor of The Saturday Review 
of Literature , declared that ”the advice, intelligence and counsel 
of advertisers is more important to radio owners than is the audience”. 



Although a price reduction had previously been made on 
one model, the Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corporation really went 
to town on the free publicity it got n in response to President 
Truman's appeal” by retail price reductions ranging from $3 to $20 
on nine models previously listed above $30 a set. 

Five table model radios, previously listed at from $32.95 
to $36.95 were reduced to $29.95. Three combination radio and phono¬ 
graphs were reduced from $99.95 to $09.95, and another combination 
from $119.95 to $99. 95. 

Benjamin Abrams, president, said, "If manufacturers con¬ 
tinue to be influenced entirely by bookkeeping arithmetic, prices 
will not come down and the spiral of wages will necessarily keep 
climbing upward. I agree with President Truman that now is the time 
to stop the senseless merry-go-round. " 



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Denying that the radio manufacturing industry is falling 
down on the manufacture of FM sets or is selling FM short, H. C. 
Bonfig, Vice-President of the Zenith Radio Corporation, said to the 
FM Regional meeting at Albany Monday, April 14th: 

"I have with me, gentlemen, the latest figures available 
on FM set production, together with an estimate of 1947 production 
made by RMA from a survey which has Just been completed. It is less 
than one week since our RMA-FM liaison committee met in Washington 
and had a long and exhaustive discussion of the problems confronting 
FM manufacturers. 

"The amazing factor is, not that so few FIJI sets will be 
built in 1947, but that there will be so many. RMA statistics 
reveal an estimate of FM production for 1947 at slightly more than 
million sets, which is nearly 15 times the number that were manu¬ 
factured from V-J day, in the Summer of 1945, to and through the 
year 1946. Such an expansion, in the face of the many difficulties 
that have beset FM, is an outstanding industrial achievement. If, 
as many of us in the industry hope, the figure is exceeded, we will 
have performed an Industrial miracle that has few parallels in peace 
time manufacturing.” 

Mr. Bonfig said he realized that FM broadcasters were dis¬ 
turbed because FM production had not come up to their expectations 
and that there had been so many stories about manufacturers deliber¬ 
ately holding back FM production. He then told of difficulties en¬ 

Major Edwin H. Armstrong, inventor of FM, put on a demon¬ 
stration showing the feasibility of operating an FM network without 
the use of telephone lines. A program was relayed solely by means 
of FM from a home in Yonkers, N.Y., via Major Armstrong’s station 
at Alpine, N.J., to FM station WBCA in Schenectady (130 miles) and 
then to the meeting room of the FM Association in Albany, and was 
clearly heard there. 

The speakers at the Albany meeting included: 

George E. Sterling, Chief Engineer of the Federal Communi¬ 
cations Commission; Roy Hofheinz, National President of the FMA; 
Elliott Sanger of Station WQ.XR in New York City; M. S, Novik, former 
Director of WNYN; John V. L. Hogan, President of Radio Inventions, 
Inc. and W. R. David of the General Electric Comoany, In addition 
to Mr. Bonfig; and Jack Gould, New York Times ’ Radio Editor. 




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"T” Day last Monday, April 14th, opening day of a week 
during which television receivers were placed on sale in Washington 
for the first time, got off to a bad start when rain caused a post¬ 
ponement until Friday, the 18th, of the opening of the baseball 
season when President Truman was to have been televised throwing 
out the first ball to the Washington Senators and the New York 
Yankees. This was to have been sponsored by the RCA Victor dealers 
over DuMont Television Station WTTG-, but after a half-hour of tele¬ 
vising preliminary activities to the gam^ it became apparent that 
the rain would not let up sufficiently to permit the game to go on 
and a feature film, ’’Swiss Family Robinson", was substituted as the 
opening program for "T ,, -Week. The 65 RCA Victor television dealers 
will sponsor the television broadcast of Friday’s game between the 
Senators and the New York Yankees which will have the same pre-game 
ceremonies as were scheduled for opening day. Despite the rain, 
however, large numbers of Washingtonians turned out to have their 
first keep at television. Morris O’Harra, General Sales Manager of 
Southern Wholesalers, Inc., estimated that between 80,000 and 85,000 
saw the first day’s broadcast. 

WTTG- arranged for afternoon and evening programs to be 
broadcast daily throughout the remainder of the week, totaling 
approximately 50 hours of television broadcasts, a new record for 
this region. Washington newspapers were crowded with advertisements 
placed by the various television dealers. 



The Twenty-Year Club of Radio really surprised itself by 
the proportions it had assumed at a dinner at the Harvard Club in 
New York last Friday. Tnis group, organized on a shoe-string by 
Hans V. Kaltenborn, had its first meeting since it was founded in 

Among the officers installed were: Honorary Presidents, 
Herbert Hoover, David Samoff, President of the Radio Corporation 
of America, and Lee De Fbrest, inventor; President, Mark Woods, 
President of the American Broadcasting Company; First Vice-President, 
Edgar Kobak, president, Mutual Broadcasting System; Second Vice- 
President, Frank Mullen, Executive Vice-President, National Broad¬ 
casting Company; Secretary, William Hedges, Vice-President in Charge 
of Research Development of the National Broadcasting Company, and 
Treasurer, Alfred H. Morton, President, National Concert and Artists 



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Despite complaints of racial discrimination against the 
N ew York News made by the American Jewish Congress, the Federal Com¬ 
munications Commission announced in its Proposed Decision on Tuesday 
that both an FM and a television license would be granted the News. 

The following new Class B FM applications are proposed to 
be granted: 

WMCA, Inc., 10 KW, 650 ft. antenna; American Broadcasting 
Co., Inc., 6,5 KW, 760 ft, antenna; Unity Broadcasting Corp. of New 
York, 5 KW, 815 ft. antenna, subject to CAA approval of transmitter 
site and antenna structure; North Jersey Broadcasting Co., Inc., 

8 KW, 710 ft, antenna, subject to CAA approval of transmitter site 
and antenna structure; News Syndicate Co,, Inc., - 17 KW, 530 ft, 

The following applications are proposed to be denied: WBNX 
Broadcasting Co., Inc.; Debs Memorial Radio Fund, Inc.; Frequency 
Broadcasting Corp; 3ernard Fein; WLIB, Inc.; Peoples Radio Founda¬ 
tion, Inc.; Metropolitan Broadcasting Service; N.M.U. Broadcasting 
Co., Inc.; Amalgamated Broadcasting System, Inc.; North Jersey Radio, 
Inc.; Radio Projects, Inc.; and Radio Corp. of the Board of Missions 
and Church Extension of the Methodist Church. 

The Commission also announced a proposed decision looking 
toward the grant of the following 4 applications for new television 
stations in the New York-Northeastern New Jersey Metropolitan Dis¬ 

Bamberger Broadcasting Service, Inc. (Channel No. 9); 

Bremer Broadcasting Corp. (Channel No. 13); American Broadcasting 
Co., Inc. (Channel No. 17); News Syndicate Co., Inc., Channel No.11). 

The application of Debs Memorial Radio Fund, Inc., is pro¬ 
posed to be denied, and another applicant, WLIB, Inc. has withdrawn 
it8 application since the hearing in this proceeding. 



Popularity of the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation's radio 
course in "English Conversation" was evidenced by a reported 30,000 
letters received from listeners since its inauguration last year. An 
estimated S,000,000 regular listeners comprised people of all profes¬ 
sions, students, hospital patients, and many other classes. School 
teachers of English are the keenest listeners. The broadcast teaches 
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An unexpected maneuvre on the part of its opponents sent 
the District of Columbia Daylight Savings Bill back to the House 
District Committee last Monday, which means a delay of at least 
another week or two before it can again reach the floor. 

The Senate passed the bill sometime ago but it was block¬ 
ed In the House when Representative E. E. Cox (D), of Georgia, 
announced that he would oppose it on the point of order that the 
bill was reported by the House District Committee meeting without 
a majority - or 13 members of the 26-man committee. 



The Federal Communications Commission Moaday announced 
adoption of a revised frequency service-allocation for the band 
27.160-27,480 Me. This allocation is effective immediately and pro¬ 
vides for the continued operation of industrial, scientific and med¬ 
ical devices on the frequency 27.320 Me. Whereas previously emis¬ 
sions from these devices were limited to the band 27.185-27.445 Me.; 
the announcement made Monday permits such emissions to extend to 
the limits of the wider band, 27.160-27.480 Me. This decision of 
the Commission to widen the band formerly available, stems essent¬ 
ially from testimony and argument presented at the hearing and oral 
argument last December. 

An amateur order also released Monday, implements the 
slight shift of the former amateur bend 27.185-27.455 Me. to the new 
limits shown above of 27.160-27.430 Me. 



Not only has radio proved its worth in war and in peace, 
but it has become a definite part of our American way of life, 
Representative Frank L. Che If (D), of Kentucky, said at the dedica¬ 
tion of WKYW in Louisville. 

"Those of us who are orivlleged to live in a democracy 
should be everlastingly grateful for radio and the newspapers which 
are the unbridled champions of the constitutional amendment which 
guarantees to us our freedom of soeech", Representative Chelf declar¬ 

"My friends, there is not a child of school age who does 
not Know and appreciate what radio actually means to the health, 
welfare, safety, happiness, prosperity, and economic a.nd spiritual 
life of a given community, county, and State. " 



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Demonstrations of the latest types of equipment and dis¬ 
cussions of developments In the field of radio aids to marine navi¬ 
gation will be featured at an International Meeting on Marine Radio 
Aids to Navigation to be held in New York City and New London, Con¬ 
necticut, beginning April 28, the State Department announces. 

Invitations to attend the two week meeting have been ex¬ 
tended to 60 nations. The aim of the meeting is to inform the dele¬ 
gates ofUnited States policy and to demonstrate recent United States 
developments in this field. 

Actual tests, including the use of loran and radar, will 
be carried out at sea on vessels made available by the United States 
Maritime Commission, Coast Guard and Coast and Geodetic Survey. The 
meeting will inform the delegates regarding the adoption of new radio 
aids to navigation by this government and the availability, type and 
quality of marine radio aid equipments produced by United States 

If conclusions are reached during the meeting pointing 
toward world standardization of marine radio aids, the conclusions 
will be recorded for future use when the nations meet to consider 
standardization of equipment in this field. 



"The Hucksters”, the book about radio advertising by 
Frederic Wakeham, which caused such a rumpus last year, has now been 
made into a movie by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which will soon be avail¬ 
able to the public. Sydney Greenstreet will play the part of the 
fictional soap magnate, Evan Llewelyn Evans. His advertising man 
will be Clark Gable. Life currently (March 31) devotes three pages 
to a preview of "The Hucksters” in movie form. 

Another radio feature in the same issue of Life is two 
pages telling how the voice of "Mrs. Hush" (Clara Eow, oldtime movie 
actress) was identified on the "Truth or Consequences Program" win¬ 
ning for three women $17,590 worth of prizes, including a new Ford, 
a trailer, washing machine, round-trip to New York with week-end at 
Waldorf, diamond watch and ring, radio phonograph and records, a 
week's vacation at Sun Valley, and a lot of other things. 


A new robot machine which its inventor, J. A. Sargrove 
asserts will produce radio receiving sets at the rate of one every 
twenty seconds, was introduced to a recent meeting of the British 
Institute of Radio Engineers. The sets emerge from the machine com¬ 
plete, says a Canadian press dispatch from London. 


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67 Broad 

( "International Review* 1 ) 

Standing on a half acre of ground at 67 Broad Street in 
New York’s famous financial district, among many of the city’s most 
imposing buildings, is the 35-story International Telephone Build¬ 
ing - heart and nerve center of the world-wide International Tele¬ 
phone and Telegraph System and headquarters for I. T. & T. communi¬ 
cations operating and equipment manufacturing companies located in 
more than forty countries. * * * 

The American Cable & Radio Corooration, embracing The Com¬ 
mercial Cable Company, All America Cables and Radio, Inc., and the 
Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company, the telegraph operating affili¬ 
ate of the I. T. fr T. and the largest American international tele- 
grauh communications organization, has its offices and operating 
rooms in the headquarters building where they require nearly as much 
space as the parent Corporation. A. C. & R. 1 s direct radio circuits 
and its more than 45,000 miles of submarine cable circuits carry in¬ 
telligence throughout the world and much of this traffic passes 
through the company’s busy operating rooms in the 67 3road Street 
building. * * * 

Although the trens-Atlantic, trans-continental radio trans¬ 
mitting and receiving stations of Mackay Radio are located at Brent¬ 
wood and Southampton, Long Island, they are controlled from the 
International Telephone Building and all incoming and outgoing mes¬ 
sages are cleared through the Mackay offices here.* * * 

A number of important experimental research projects in the 
ultra-high frequencies are being carried on by the Federal Telecom¬ 
munications Laboratories at Nutley, N.J., from their location in the 
headquarters building and among the structure’s distinguishing fea¬ 
tures are six parabolic antennas mounted on the roof for experimental 
use. Four of these shiny, saucer-like directional beacons are used 
in connection with the three-cornered 80-mile New York-to-New York 
Pulse Time Modulation Broadcasting link, with relay stations at 
Telegraph Hill and Nutley, New Jersey, and two additional antennas 
are used in a New York-to-Trenton, New Jersey, PTM link that repre¬ 
sents an advanced stage of microwave research. A further mark of 
identification for the building is an eight-element square-loop 
antenna of Federal design which is used for FTL's multiplex broad¬ 
casting experiments. 

Radio Helps Pull N.Y. Philharmonic Out Of Red 

(01in Downes in "New York Times n ) 

There is the concrete fact that when Arthur Judson under¬ 
took the management of the Philharmonic-Symphony in 1922, it had 
deficits which for the next sixteen years ranged from $165,000 to 
$72,000 a year. Now, thanks to radio and record contracts, bequests 

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and similar resources, the Philharmonic-Symphony has been for some 
years in the black, with a small surplus at the end of the season. 
The surplus this season was $32,812.93. 

O'Dwyer Surprises N.Y. By Doing A LaGuardia On The Radi o 

P Variety Try 

New York's City Hall and the town's station, WNYC, are in 
the running again as a radio personality proving ground - a position 
apparently abdicated a little over a year ago when Fiorello H. 

La Guardia bowed out. It took LaG.'s successor, Mayor William 
O'Dwyer, a year to hit the airwaves with any effect at all. But when 
he did, his impact was terrific. He proved himself a radio showman 
who knows just how to get the best out of the medium on the highest 
level of civic responsibility. 

Occasion was a public hearing held by the city's Board of 
Estimate on the issue of raising the subway fare from a nickel to a 
dime. The Mayor Invited anyone and everyone with a viewpoint to 
present, to step to the floor microohone and give out. * * * 

When the first day's proceedings threatened to stretch 
beyond the station's 10 P.M. sign-off-time, Seymour N. Siegel, of 
WNYC telephoned the and obtained special permission to stay on 
the air as late as necessary. Result was that, on first day, proceed¬ 
ings became a kilocycle goldfish bowl open from 10:30 A.M. to 11 P.M. 
The following day, with same procedure, the airtime was from 10:30 
A.M. to 7:20 P.M. Finally, on Wednesday evening, O'Dwyer went on 
the air to render his decision to the people. WOR (Mutual) can¬ 
celled two commercials - Fulton Lewis, Jr. , and "The Answer Man" - 
to carry the report, and all the other stations piped in, either 
carrying the Mayor live or playing him back later in the evening. 

The last 20 minutes of the Tuesday night session climaxed 
not only the hearing but O'Dwyer's fast time, glib adlibbing, and 
rapid repartee, putting him down as an emcee with perfect pacing for 
that kind of stint. In the 20 minutes, at least 50 people were cal¬ 
led to the floor mike. In rapid succession, they gave their names, 
addresses, told whom they represented, and stated whether they were 
for or against the 10/ fare. Here was the kind of cross-section of 
New York's cosmopolitanism that only the radio could dramatize, and 
O'Dwyer's handling of this part of the proceedings made the march 
of voices truly exciting. 

Every shade of voice was there, reflecting the city's 
multi-lingual, multi-national, multi-racial character. An Irish 
brogue was followed by the measured baritone of a Harlem representa¬ 
tive, a dame whose broad vowels stamped her a6 very hoity-toity with 
a Vassar degree, a dialectician who was unconsciously a great comed¬ 
ian, and a lady from Staten Island who said she represented only 
herself and her brood of kids who couldn't afford to have the fare 
raised to 10 cents. 

That New York listeners want that kind of radio was proved 
immediately. A half-hour after the station was off the air, Tuesday 
evening, the studio switchboard was still Christmasy with congratu¬ 
latory calls. Altogether more than 2,000 letters and cards were 
received, upping the 1,200-mail pull garnered by the outlet when it 
started broadcasting the United Nations sessions last year. In 
addition, the Mayor and the other members of the Board drew a heavy 
mail-load. Definitely New York wants that kind of radio from its 
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The House last Wednesday (April 9) passed a bill (H, R. 
2336) to amend Section 327 of the Communications Act so as to per¬ 
mit, subject to certain conditions, the use of Coast Guard radio 
stations for the reception and transmission of commercial messages. 

Charles M. deForest, a founder of the American Provident 
Society, and a brother of Lee de Forest, the inventor, died last 
Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. From 1904 to 1913 he was associ¬ 
ated with his brother, Lee, then engaged in his pioneer work in radio. 

In honor of Mrs. Henry F. Grady, wife of the newly appoint¬ 
ed United States Ambassador to India, Mrs. Miller, wife of Justin 
Miller, President of the National Association of Broadcasters, will 
entertain Thursday afternoon, April 17th, in her apartment at the 
Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. 

Among Drew Pearson*s predictions last Sunday night were 
that Paul porter, former FCC head, will soon resign from Government 
service to enter law practice with former Assistant Attorney General 
Thurman Arnold, and that Representative Taber (R), of New York, 
Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee would slash funds of 
Assistant Secretary of State William Eenton for international broad¬ 
casts to Russia and elsewhere. 

The sunspot season arrived early Tuesday, horil 15, knock¬ 
ing out international radio communications for a time, the National 
Bureau of Standards reported. The spots - solar tornadoes of elect¬ 
rons emitted from the sun - are about 30 per cent more numerous 
than normal, according to Dr. Alvin C. McNish of the Bureau, 

Radio communications abroad began to fade about 10 A.M., 
but no local disruptions in either radio or telegraph were reported. 

Galvin Manufacturing Corporation - Quarter to March 1: Net 
profit, $651,702, equal to 81 cents each on 800,000 common shares 
on net sales of $8,840,071. In corresponding quarter of previous 
year there was a net loss of $485,401 on sales of $3,252,976. 

Television Station WABD- EUMont in New York City, has 
signed The Longines-Wittnauer Watch Company for a 52-week contract 
for video time spots. The spots, each of 60 second duration, will 
be aired 3 times each week. 

Bendix Radio is now working two shifts each on its assembly 
lines producing FM radios in order to meet the pent-up demand of 
potential FM audiences, according to J. T. Dalton, General Sales 
Manager for Radio and Television. 

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L. John Denney has been elected Vice-President of the 
Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation, domestic manufacturing af¬ 
filiate of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, 

Mr. Denny Was with the I. T. & T. System since 1929, and was a 
member of the special staff of Col. Sosthenes Behn, I. T. & T. 
President, in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. 

Easter lilies and palms decorated the Shrine of the 
Sacred Heart Church for the marriage last week of Miss Elizabeth 
Berkeley, daughter of Kenneth H. Berkeley, General Manager of 
Station WMAL in Washington, D.C. and Mrs. Berkeley, and Ensign 
Charles De La Cour Bishop, United States Coast Guard, 6on of Charles 
H. Bishop of Chicago and the late Mrs. Bishop. 

The Right Rev. Msgr. James A. Smyth officiated at the cere¬ 
mony, and a wedding breakfast at the Shoreham followed. After a 
honeymoon in Bermuda, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop will live in Portsmouth, Va. 

The bride was graduated from Georgetown Visitation Convent 
in Washington, and attended Georgian Court College in Lakewood, N. J. 
The bridegroom attended Loyola University, Chicago, and received his 
commission from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. 

Stewart-Warner Corp. reported 1946 net earnings carried to 
surolus of $2,095,187, equal to $1.65 a common share, compared with 
net earnings of $1,634,202, equal to $1.28 a common share, in 1945. 

Sylvania has announced the first in a new line of trans¬ 
mitting tubes, the 3DS4. This tube is a four-electrode amplifier 
and oscillator with 45 watt anode dissipation. Potentialities of 
the 3D24 include amateur, police, mobile and marine radio. 

The following advertisement is carried for an article in 
the magazine "47" now on the newsstands: 

"Could You Stand 24 Straight Hours of Radio? 

"Three '47 Authors Tune in on "The Big Noise" 

Around the Clock 

"What would 24 straight hours of radio listening do to you? 

You don*t have to listen, you can read about it in the one-day diary 
of '47*3 Marion Sturges-Jones, Isabel Scott Rorick and Robert Fontaine, 
who use their hearing and their insight for you in three eight-hour 
shifts, "The Big Noise" turns an unprejudiced ear to everything from 
disc jockeys to soap operas." 

An enterprising Washington, D. C. radio service man carries 
this advertisement in the local papers in which he doesn*t even 
bother to give his name: 

"If your Radio Is Out-of-Order 

Just dial R-A-D-I-O-S on your Phone 
Pickup and Delivery, Any Size - Any Make 
Three Convenient Locations: 5422-3rd St.,N. W.-5119 Georgia Ave.,N.W. 

2414-14th St. ,N.W." 

By dialing "R-A-D-I-O-S" one discovers that the Washington 
servicemans teleohone number is RA-3467 (RA being the abbreviation 
of Randolph). 


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2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

Robert D. Heinl, Editor 

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Feared Washington Tall Radio Tower Opposition May Spread,..,.1 

New A? Radio Charge Formula; Truman Televised At Luncheon,........ 3 

N.Y. State High Court Awards Flamra $107,508 WMCA Interest,...'.4 

Edgar Morris, Zenith Distributor, Is New C. of C. USA Director.... 5 
International Coast Guard Radio-Navigation Conference. .....5 

Engineers Plan To Televise Motion Pictures To Theatres.6 

May put Winchell Radio Libel Suit Up To Supreme Court.,6 

U. S.-Canadian RMA Conference Opens At Seaside Resort.,.7 

Television Sales Reoorted Brisk In Washington M T n Week. 8 

Washington Stations’ Plans Vary For Daylight Time Sunday..9 

Fred Allen, Others, Reported Cut Off Of Air For Ribbing NBC.10 

New York Apartment House Owners Still Block TV Antenna. ....11 

Television Facilities Helps Philadelphia Get G.O.P. Convention...12 

Now Claimed Error, Not Sabotage, Deflected U. S. Broadcasts.12 

Scissors And paste. 13 

Trade Notes. 15 

No. 1772 

April 23,1947 


Although local in character, the sharp dispute over plac¬ 
ing television and radio towers in the residential sections of 
Washington, D. C. assumes much more importance because of the pos¬ 
sibility that if restrictions are imposed in the Capital, it may 
be only a question of time until a similar curb is advocated for 
other parts of the country. 

Both the National Broadcasting Company and the Bamberger 
Broadcasting Service of New York experienced considerable opposition 
in securing approval for television sites in the residential sec¬ 
tions. The former tower is now being erected at Wardman Park just 
across from the Shoreham Hotel, and the latter about a half a mile 
north of the National Cathedral. Both are in the northwest section 
of the city. 

However, the row had died down insofar as these towers 
were concerned when week before last (April 9), Representative Sid 
Simpson (r), of Illinois, introduced a bill which would prohibit 
the erection of any type of radio tower in any residential part of 
the District of Columbia. It would prohibit the putting up of 
towers in any other district to a height greater than any limit of 
the zoning laws if the radius of the height would (1) include any 
home, playground, recreational facility or school (2) tend to create 
a safety hazard, and (3) adversely affect the development of adjac¬ 
ent residential property, property values or the beauty of the 

It was at a hearing of the House District Judiciary Sub¬ 
committee on the Simpson bill at the Capitol last week that the lat¬ 
est protests against radio towers were made. Another session is 
scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 23) on Capitol Hill. 

The fear expressed by those favoring the towers is that if 
the Simpson bill should be passed, it might become a model for other 
cities throughout the country. 

At the hearing on the Simpson bill last week, radio and 
television industry spokesmen explained that the towers have to be 
on high ground to serve Washington and if the bill were passed it 
would hold up television in the Capital. 

Among those who protested location of the towers in resi¬ 
dential areas were Leverett A, Meadows, President of the Manor Park 
Citizens Association; John H. Connaughton of the Petworth Citizens 
Association, William J. Bartle of the Federation of Citizens .Associa- 
tionq and D. B. Guynn of the Friendship Citizens Association, 

Also testifying were three persons who live near the tele¬ 
vision site of Eamberger at 40th and Brandywine streets, N.W. They 
were Edward M. Erown, 4008 Chesapeake St., N.W,; Mrs. Josephine ¥. 

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Perna, 4000 Brandywine Street, N. W. , and Mrs. Ida R. Rossi, 4000 
Chesapeake St., N. W. They protested against the tower as a threat 
to safety of residents and as an air traffic hazard. 

Opposing the bill were Don Petty, General Counsel for the 
National Association of Broadcasters, and Worthington C. Lent, 
Consulting Engineer and spokesman for the four television tower per¬ 
mit holders in Washington. 

Mr. Petty said the bill would "delay seriously" development 
of television and FM radio broadcasting in the District. 

Mr. Lent said builders of towers in residential areas make 
them doubly strong for safety. 

Representative Joseph P. 0*Hara (R) , of Minnesota, Subcom¬ 
mittee Chairman, asked what would happen if a plane hit such a tower. 
Mr. Lent said he had never known it to happen. 

What kind of accident was the main concern of the three 
persons who live near the Brandywine Street tower site. 

Mr. Brown said the proposed tower was 135 feet from his 
kitchen door. He said it would take only one plane to hit the tower 
to "give us a lot of grief". 

W. Curtis Plummer, Chief of FCC 1 s Television Engineering 
Division, told the Committee that from "the technical point of view" 
height requirement for TV transmitters was essential. He explained 
that a video transmitter, to be most effective should be located in 
the densest popularion area. He indicated, that to move transmit¬ 
ters to the fringe of the city, as suggested by the citizen groups, 
would move many video sets into "shadow areas", since best reception 
is in "line of sight" from the transmitter. 

Mr. Petty presented the following letter from the-NAB: 

"The proposed legislation will delay seriously the develop¬ 
ment of these broadcast services without any compensating benefit to 
the public, 

"This bill would take away from the government of the Dis¬ 
trict of Columbia discretion in determining the paramount interest of 
the public in relation to radio broadcast services. 

"Under existing laws the public is fully protected. The 
FCC determines the location of towers and transmitters in the light 
of the public and technical requirements; the CAA in the light of 
safety requirements relating to the public in connection with air 
transportation; and the District Government in the light of good end 
safe city planning. 

"It must be recognized that legislation passed by Congress 
is given wide publicity and is closely examined by State and local 
governments. It often serves as a pattern for legislation by those 

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governments. Today zoning is one of the principal subject matters 
being considered by State and local governments. Therefore, great 
care should be exercised to avoid setting an improper pattern. 

"The pattern which would be established by the proposed 
legislation will be followed in areas throughout the country. And 
if it is, FM, Television and Facsimile will be greatly retarded in 
their growth and service to the public." 

The 350-foot NBC television tower at Wardman Park is so 
located that if it fell to the South, it would crash down onto a 
row of apartment houses, and if to the north, onto the Wardman park 
Hotel. If an airplane should hit this tower and explode, it was 
pointed out it could easily set either the apartment house or Ward- 
man park Hotel, or both, on fire. 

What is ex’E cted to be the highest tower in the world will 
be erected by the Cowles brothers, KRNT-FM station, at Des Moines, 
Iowa - 1,530 feet, which will be within a few feet as high as the 
Eiffel Tower in Paris (984 feet), with the Washington Monument (555 
feet) piled on top of it. 

Some of the other high radio towers which the FCC has 
authorized recently, or proposes to grant, are for the stations of 
the Unity Broadcasting Corporation (International Ladies Garment 
Workers Union), New York, 800 feet; American Broadcasting Company, 

New York, 760 feet; WMCA, New York, 650 feet; and ^nort Industry 
Company, Detroit, Mich., 500 feet. 



The Board of Directors of the Associated Press at their 
annual meeting in New York City revealed that they were giving "con¬ 
tinuous consideration to the various problems arising from use of 
Associated Press news for voice broadcasting.* 

It was announced that a radio assessment formula is being 
worked out after years of study in a highly technical field, and that 
the Board has approved the incorporation of the radio service, origi¬ 
nally operated through a subsidiary, into the AP. 

President Truman was televised Monday for audiences in 
both New York and Washington areas as he addressed the luncheon of 
The Associated press in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. 

The National Broadcasting Company, the Columbia Broadcast¬ 
ing System and the Allen 3. DuMont Laboratories, which arranged a 
joint telecast, transmitted the program over stations in New York 
and in Washington. 




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The New York State Court of Appeals at Albany, reversing 
the lower court ruled unanimously last Monday, April 21, that 
$107,508.33 in interest must be added to the $350,000 damages award¬ 
ed Donald Flamm last June in his suit against Edward J. Noble for 
fraud and duress in connection with the alleged forced sale of Radio 
Station WMCA in 1941. 

The interest is for the period between January 17, 1941, 
the date of the wrong, and the date of the award, according to the 

The trial term denied Mr. Flamm* s motion to add interest 
to the $350,000 verdict rendered in his favor after trial before a 
jury. The Appellate Division, by a vote of three to two, upheld the 
trial term, but granted Mr. Flamm permission to bring to the Court 
of Appeals the certified question as to whether interest in the 
amount stated should be added. 

Chief Judge John T. Loughran, who wrote the high court 
opinion, said Mr. Flamm was entitled to the interest in question as 
a matter of law. The decision will be sent by the clerk of the 
Appeals Court to the special term, where it will be substituted for 
the original decision there. 

The contract to sell Radio Station WMCA was signed December 
2, 1940, and the transfer was made on January 17, 1941. Mr. Noble 
paid Mr. Flamm $850,000, as stipulated in the contract. The jury, 

in awarding Mr. Flamm $350,000 damages, found that the true value of 
the station was $1,200,000 at the time of transfer. 

When Mr. Flamm*s lawyers sought to obtain an abstract of 
the minutes in the lower court, they discovered that the clerk had 
not added interest to the minutes. The lawyers then made a motion 
that interest be added, which motion was denied by the trial term 

Mr. Noble’s lawyers argued that Mr. Flamm*s original com¬ 
plaint did not contain a specific demand for interest; that he did 
not request that his right to interest be declared by the jury, and 
that he did not give notice of his motion for recovery of interest 
until after expiration of the term at which the case was tried. 

"Nothing turns on any such omission”, Judge Loughran wrote, 
"in cases where, under Section 480 of the Civil practice Act, the 
addition of interest is a matter of right. On the analogy of that 
practice, the plaintiff, we think, should be held to be none the 
worse for his failure sooner to bring forward the issue that we now 
decide in his favor. 

"The orders should be reversed, the question certified 
should be answered in the affirmative and the motion granted, with 
costs to the olaintiff in all courts. " 


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Radio will be represented on the new Board of Directors of 
the Chamber of Commerce of the United States by Edgar Morris, Zenith 
distributor of Washington, D. C. Although the Third Regional Dis¬ 
trict, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, North and South 
Carolina and the District of Columbia, had not been represented by 
anyone from Washington in the past ten years, Mr. Morris, as had 
been expected, won hands down. 

Having Just completed the successful direction of the 
Cherry Blossom Festival, Mr. Morris, who is the °Grover Whalen of 
Washington 0 , was in the midst of preparations to receive President 
Miguel Aleman in the Capital next week, when Informed of the new 
honor which had been accorded to him by the National Chamber of 
Commerce. As Chairman of the Welcoming Committee, Mr. Morris, along 
with President Truman, will greet President Aleman at the airport 
when the latter arrives from Mexico next Tuesday afternoon, Aoril 

Among those on the Committees appointed for this auspic¬ 
ious occasion are Carl J. Burkland, Merle S. Jones, Kenneth Berkeley 
and Carleton D. Smith, General Managers respectively of the Washing¬ 
ton radio stations WT0P-C3S, W0L-M5S, WMAL-ABC, and WRC-NBC. 

One of the Capital’s outstanding successful business men, 
Edgar Morris has held virtually every office in the Washington Board 
of Trade, up to and including the presidency in 193 6. Since that 
time he has been Chairman of the Greater National Capital Committee - 
one of the largest and most successful convention and tourist bure¬ 
aus in the United States. 

Mr. Morris has also served as a Director of the Southern 
Gas Association, president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, a 
Trustee of American University, Chairman of the United States Jury 
Commission, a member of the Tax Advisory Committee for the District 
of Columbia and the Citizens’ Efficiency Committee for the District 
of Columbia. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Public Wel¬ 
fare of the District of Columbia; he is likewise Vice-president of 
the Security Finance Corporation, a Director of the Mutual Fire 
Insurance Company, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Ameri¬ 
can Security and Trust Company. 



The United States Coast Guard will participate in the 
International Meeting on Marine Radio Aids to Navigation to be held 
here and in New London, Conn., for two weeks, beginning next Monday. 
Delegates from fifty-seven maritime nations have been invited to the 



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That the Society of Motion Picture Engineers will embark 
on a program to put television into the theatres within two years 
was reported in a dispatch from Chicago. Paul J. Larsen, of Wash¬ 
ington, Chairman of the Television Committee, said: 

"I feel that the industry has to become involved in theatre 
presentation of televised programs because for the first time tele¬ 
vision presents competition to the motion picture industry. We can¬ 
not afford to let such an industry grow without protecting ourselves 
and our investment. The Federal Communications Commission has al¬ 
ready been asked for two frequencies for theatre television." 

Under the proposed plan feature, pictures would be made 
and sent to central distributing broadcasting stations in all 
cities. From those stations, the picture would be televised by a 
directed beam to each individual theatre. Mr. Larsen said no pri¬ 
vate set would be able to pick up these programs because they would 
be directed beams using parabolic antennae. 



Having lost in the New York State Court of Appeals at 
Albany last Monday, April 21st, it i6 believed Walter Winchell, radio 
commentator, will now take his case to the United States Supreme 

Holding that a broadcast of defamatory remarks read from 
a script constitute libel, rather than slander, the Court of Appeals 
ruled unanimously that George W. Hartmann, former Columbia Univer¬ 
sity professor and Chairman of the "Peace Now" movement, had a cause 
of action against Winchell. 

Upholding the lower courts, the Court of Appeals, in a 
decision, answered affirmatively these questions: 

"Does the utterance of defamatory remarks, read from a 
script into a radio microphone and broadcast, constitute publication 
of libel? 

"Does the further amended complaint (in the case) state 
facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action?" 

Mr. Hartmann, described in the court record as a Professor 
of Educational Psycnology, asked 350,000 damages for alleged libel 
by Mr. Winchell in connection with broadcast remarks about the 
'peace Now" movement, He said the broadcast prevented him from 
practicing his vocation and that he suffered "a 37,000 loss in earn¬ 
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Mr. Hartmann was the Socialist candidate for Lieutenant- 
Governor in 1938 and that party’s candidate for Mayor of New York 
City in 1941. 

Judge Thomas D. Thacher, who wrote the prevailing opinion 
of the high court, said that the words of the broadcast were "defam¬ 
atory", but that they did not defame Mr. Hartmann in his profession¬ 
al character and were not slanderous per se. 

Lawyers for Mr. Winchell contended that the old rule of 
law, that a man was a libeller if he read a libel on another to him¬ 
self and then read it out, did not apply to radio broadcasting be¬ 
cause the persons who heard a broadcast did not know that the spoken 
words were being read from a writing. 

Quoting from an earlier case that n what gives the sting 
to the writing is its permanence in form", Judge Thacher added: 

"This thing is true whether or not the writing is seen. 
Visibility of the writing is without significance and we hold that 
the defendant’s defamatory utterance was libel, not slander." 

Judge Thacher said that the court did not reach the much- 
discussed question as to whether "broadcasting defamatory matter 
which has not been reduced to writing should be held to be libelous > 
because of the potentially harmful and widespread effects of such 
defamation. " 



Radio manufacturers of the United States and Canada will 
begin discussion of mutual problems and interests tomorrow (Thursday, 
April 24) as Directors of the Radio Manufacturers’ Associations of 
the two countries open their fourth joint industry conference at 

The American manufacturers will be hosts to the Canadians 
at a two-day meeting which will be highlighted Thursday night at a 
reception by U. S. RMA President R. C. Cosgrove, of Cincinnati, and 
a dinner at the Seaview Country Club. 

The Canadian RMA 3oard of Directors will meet tomorrow 
afternoon with S. L. Capell, of the Philco Corporation of Canada, 
Ltd., their president, presiding. 

The U. S. RMA Board of Directors will meet Eriday morning 
and the Canadians win be their guests. A luncheon will conclude the 


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High consumer interest in television was again demonstrat¬ 
ed in Washington, D. C. as n T” (for television)-Week came to a close 
with many retailers reporting complete sell-out of their entire 
Initial stock of RCA Victor re oeivers and an accumulation of orders, 
according to Irving Dalo, Sales Manager of the Radio and Television 
Department of Southern Wholesalers, Inc., local RCA Victor distribu¬ 

Beginning with a heavy advertising campaign in the Sunday, 
April 13, newspaoers and elaborate window displays by the 65 franch¬ 
ised RCA Victor outlets in Washington, the week was highlighted by 
numerous promotions. Almost all of the dealers had television re¬ 
ceivers displayed in their windows with many in operation, attract¬ 
ing crowds running into the hundreds at individual locations during 
the afternoon broadcasts. 

The RCA Victor television dealers joined to soonsor the 
telecast of the ooening big league game on Monday, the 14th, between 
the Washington Senators and the New York Yankees over WTTE. When 
this game was rained out, a substitute film was used and the dealers 
sponsored the Friday game between the senators and the New York 
Yankees. Many of the retailers used radio commercials announcing 
the campaign and all had demonstration sets in the stores. 

The initial allotments to the franchised dealers allowed 
for each to have at least two television receivers for demonstration 
purposes plus a quantity for immediate sale. Despite the rain on 
the opening day, 25 percent of the receivers in stock were sold on 
that day, according to Dalo. By mid-week half of the receivers were 

Dealers’ reactions to the new medium were enthusiastic. 

R. R. Wain, Manager of Woodward & Lothrop's Pentagon Building store 
in Arlington, Va. , said, ”1 am completely sold on television and its 
sales possibilities. Undoubtedly improved programming will increase 
the sale of these instruments even more.” Max Montague of Star 
Radio reported that his organization had sold out its initial stocks 
during n T ir -Week and that a backlog of customers was already forming. 
Stanley Rosenzweig, of Sun Radio said hundreds had packed his store 
during broadcast time to see the instruments and that "from these 
early indications, it is easy to see that television is here to 
stay - and to give the radio business an additional lift.” 

Charles Hoge of Campbell’s Music Shop reported customer 
reaction to be "very favorable to the quality of picture shown on 
the RCA Victor television receivers” and stressed the importance of 
continued daytime urograms for the demonstrations of the instruments 
to prospects. One of the largest crowds gathered in front of the 
National Furniture Company’s corner window which featured the base¬ 
ball theme and highlighted a television receiver. 




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Washington broadcasting stations are again trying to make 
the best of a bad situation when the time of the National Capital 
will be out of step with that of many other cities. 

CBS-WTO? will record on magnetic wire the network shows 
they normally carry and play them back at the time the listeners 
are most accustomed to hearing them. MBS-WOL will also record the 
majority of Mutual's offerings. Both stations will sandwich in the 
local shows at whatever time seems best. 

WMAL will record all ABC network shows. WRC, the NBC 
affiliate, will not use recordings, but will present all network 
shows and some local shows an hour earlier than normal. 

Even with the attempts made by some of the stations to 
give Washington the New York and Hollywood originated shows at the 
time they expect them, there will be some poor "opposite program¬ 
ming. " The careful check which stations try to make against having 
similar shows on two stations at the same time goes ud in smoke 
every Summer. 

Daylight-saving time, which will become effective next 
Sunday A.M., will be somewhat less generally observed in other sec¬ 
tions of the country than last year. 

A virtually completed survey by the Commerce and Industry 
Association of New York, released yesterday, indicates that a number 
of communities in Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and West Virginia which 
advanced their clocks an hour through the Summer months last year 
will remain on standard time this year. 

Otherwise, the report shows, the status of "Summer time" 
remains about the same as in 1946. Thirty States - most of them in 
the East, Middle West and Southwest - will remain on Standard Time, 
the survey indicates. 

In New York, Daylight Time will remain in effect until 
Seotember 28. The same period has been selected by most major cities 
in the State, as well as throughout Long Island and Westchester and 
in New Jersey and Connecticut. 

Reviewing legislation that would enable whole States or 
communities within States or communities to make the time change, 
the survey found that such bills are pending in the California and 
Minnesota legislatures. 

Legislation approved in Maryland authorizes the counties 
of Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George to push the 
clock ahead.. in Rhode Island, where the time shift has been observ¬ 
ed generally for many years, daylight-saving was made official by 
an act approved last April, 


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State-wide official observance is set for Massachusetts, 
New Hampshire and Rhode Island, with Maine going along on an un¬ 
official basis. 

In local-option States the number of larger communities so 
far reporting to the Association for observance of the change were: 
Delaware, four (Including Wilmington); Illinois, fifteen (including 
Chicago); Maryland, two (Annapolis and Baltimore); Missouri, six 
(including St. Louis); Pennsylvania, twelve (including Philadelphia 
and Pittsburgh); Tennessee, three (Knoxville, year-round); Vermont, 
eight, and Virginia, one. 

The Senate has passed a bill to give Washington, D. C. 
(District of Columbia) local option in the adoption of daylight 
time. The bill is expected to be brought before the House for 
approval next Monday, April 28th, a day after daylight-saving time 
goes into effect in other parts of the country. Hearings then have 
to be held before the Commissioners decide whether the District is 
to nave daylight time or not. 



Dispatches from New York and Hollywood this week told of 
alleged momentarily cutting off of Fred Allen, and later Bob Hope 
and Red Skelton, when their scripts poked fun at the National Broad¬ 
casting Company. The first instance was last Sunday night, April 
20th, in New York City when the NBC said the program of Fred Allen 
was cut off the air "for about 25 seconds" because the radio comed¬ 
ian refused to make certain changes in his script. 

Allen, according to the Associated Press, afterward assail 
ed the broadcasting network for its action and said it was the re¬ 
sult "of a new rule that says you can’t kid radio on the air". 

NBC explained the cut-off with the statement that "we 
asked that changes be made in the script. And the changes were not 
made. Therefore, the program was off the air for about 25 seconds 
at the beginning." 

An AP follow-up from New York said the next day: 

"The National Broadcasting Co. is going to be billed for 
the time Fred .Allen was cut off the air in his Sunday night comedy 

"A representative of J. Walter Thompson, advertising 
agency for Allen’s soonsor, said today: 

"'We buy and pay for half an hour’s time from NBC for this 
program. And that’s what we expect to get, Allen was cut off the 
air for about 35 seconds. So NBC is going to get a bill for the 
time we didn't get. And, oddly enough, on that Sunday night spot, 
it’s a nice little chunk of dough.’ 



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"Allen's script told of a "vice president in charge of 
program ends'* who noted the time saved when programs ran overtime - 
such as Alleys program did the preceding Sunday. 

"Allen went on to say - but the radio audience did not 
hear it - that ‘when the vice president saves up enough seconds, 
minutes and hours to make two weeks, he uses the twoweeks of our 
time for his vacation. 

An A.P. dispatch from Hollywood today (Wednesday, April 
23rd), read: 

"Two top-flight radio comedians, Bob Hope and Red Skelton, 
were momentarily cut off the air by NBC tonight (April 22) when they 
attempted to comment on the case of Fred Allen, silenced briefly 
Sunday night when his script poked fun at the network. 

"Hope was off the air for several seconds. Listeners said 
he referred to Las Vegas, Nev. , noted for its wide-open gambling 
as ’the only place where you can get tanned and faded at the same 
time’, and then remarked, ’Of course, Fred Allen. . . ' 

"It was here that his program was interrupted. 

"Listeners said Skelton was shut off when he remarked some* 
thing to the effect that ’Maybe we’ll say something to offend NBC.’ 

He was off about 10 seconds. 

"A spokesman for NBC said the comedians were cut off be¬ 
cause ’part of their scripts were objectionable to the network.’" 



The Television Broadcasters’ Association, Inc. last Friday 
released full details of its Interim Plan for television antenna 
installations, which had been submitted to the New York City Real 
Estate Board a month ago and which, it informally learned, had not 
won the approval of the Board. 

The TEA Interim Plan was devised by a sub-committee as a 
temporary expedient until a master antenna system, capable of feed¬ 
ing all receivers in any apartment house, could be fully developed, 
tested and approved by the Television Broadcasters’ Association. 

The Television Broadcasters’ Association had advised the 
realtors that the interim plan would permit thousands of New York 
families living in apartment houses to enjoy a television service 
until the master system could be installed. 

It was pointed out that at least three companies were 
working on master antenna systems, but that they would not be ready 
for demonstration immediately. 

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The TBA Plan was held to be an excellent temporary exped¬ 
ient and realtors were urged to accept it. Under its terms, the 
landlord agrees to permit the installation of as many conventional 
dipoles as he feels can be properly erected on an apartment house 
building, without impairing the appearances of the building or 
creating radiation between antennas, which would adversely affect 
images being received by television set owners on the premises. 

The TBA Plan, as submitted, requires a television set 
owner in an apartment house to permit other owners of receivers to 
attach lead-’ins on one or more of the dipoles erected on the build¬ 
ing, provided that images received on previously installed receiv¬ 
ers attached to the same dipole were not degraded either visually 
or aurally. 



In addition to a $200,000 certified check, one of the 
things which helped Philadelphia secure the Republican National Con¬ 
vention to be held during the week of June 20, 1948, was television 
facilities which Chicago, the next highest bidder, was not able to 

Philadelphians held forth the promise of television broad¬ 
casts to 13 Eastern Seaboard States with 163 electoral votes. 



A mistakenly set control switch —not sabotage - was res¬ 
ponsible for beaming United States broadcasts intended for the 
Soviet Union to South America, an Army investigation indicated 
recently, according to a dispatch from Germany. 

An informed source said that William Benton, Assistant 
Secretary of State, had been notified of investigation results in 
an official report. Mr. Benton charged ten days ago that the 
Russia-bound programs had been sabotaged by intentional reversal of 
the control switch at the powerful Munich relay station. 

The Army investigation proved that German Communist engi¬ 
neers, once employed at the 100,000-watt transmitter, had been dis¬ 
missed before the broadcasts had started. They have not been seen 
there since, the investigation showed. 


,r Within 10 years, television will have created 4,500,000 
new job& ,T So predicted Dr. Paul Douglass, President of AmericeJi 
University in Washington, D. C. in a luncheon speech recently before 
members of the Washington Soroptimist Club. 

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U.S, Rep or ted Watching, Zenith-RCA Patent Fight 

( 0 Syracuse Heraid-Arnerican" 

The Department of Justice revealed in Washington that it 
has assumed the role of "unofficial observer" in an epochal legal 
battle which has shaped up between Radio Corporation of America and 
Zenith Radio Corporation, headed by Com. Eugene F. McDonald, Jr. 

The battle, regarded as one of the most far-reaching 
developments in radio history, has stemmed from a legal challenge 
by Zenith to force R. C. A. to throw open to the public domain a big 
segment of the vast radio patent holdings controlled by R. C. A. for 
20 years. 

Spokesmen for the Antitrust Division of the Department 
of Justice disclosed that the department is "closely watching" the 
suit, having once itself tried unsuccessfully to bring a case on 
the radio patents issue into court. One spokesman hinted that the 
department might even file a brief in the case. 

The legal wrangle will enter a hearing phase soon in 
Federal District Court in Wilmington, Del., where Zenith filed its 
original challenge last Dec. 15, charging that 103 of R. C. A. 's big 
pool of patents do not apply any longer to Zenith's sets and asking 
a declaratory judgment that R.C.A.'s patents are invalid. * * * * 

McDonald's legal army, it has been revealed, will include 
former U. S. Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana, widely known for 
his anti-trust position during his many years on Capitol Hill. 
Another Zenith lawyer in the case is Samuel E. Darby, who was once 
Assistant U. S. Attorney General. 

Goes Mrs, Eugene Meyer One Better 

("Variety "1 

The kick-radio-in-the-pants boys appear to be out in full 

force these da.ys. Take, for example, Philip Wylie's column in last 

Saturday's (12) N.Y. Post, in which he took up the cudgels on behalf 
of nis fellow hate-radio tribesmen with what was perhaps the most 
completely off-base blast of the year. Inspired by the recent crack 
of Mrs. Eugene Meyer, wife of the Washington publisher, who called 
American radio "vulgar", Wylie went her one better, with a categor¬ 
ical condemnation of the whole medium. Said Wylie: "Radio is as 
brash as a peanut vendor in a lecture hall; it's as cheap as a pop¬ 
corn hawker at the opera; it's a beep at vespers and a burp in an 


Perhaps of all the accusations tossed radio's way, this 
one of vulgarity which Wylie so vehemently supports, shapes up as 
the one with the least foundation. As a matter of fact, radio has 
been hemmed in by hidebound restrictions that have been dictated by 
plain common sense, even more so than films, newspapers and the 
stage. Radio's very accessibility to old and young, to the illiter¬ 
ate and unthinking, to the bigot and the prude, obviously has creat¬ 
ed a self-imposed censorship more restrictive than that imposed by 
a more selective clientele. 


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Radio Will Yield More If You M ark Your Program Each Da y 

(Larry Wolters in "Chicago Tribune" 

It’s the open season again for griping and sniping at 
radio. One book after another rolls off the press calling radio, 
at the very least, a bore; at the worst, a complete failure, * * * 

The charges are invariably the same: There are too many 
soap operas on the air, not enough discussion programs, too little 
good music. But do these critics really search out the better 
things in radio? * * * 

Every person who expects to get the most out of radio 
ought to develop a listening technique. If you turn on the radio 
only when you can’t think of anything else to do, you aren’t likely 
to bump into such stimulating programs, for instance, as Informa¬ 
tion please, the Telephone Hour’s Great Artists series, Invitation 
to Learning, or Your Right to Say It. 

Radio can be the theater, a concert hall, a ballroom, a 
popular university, or a church of your own choosing, if you know 
how to use it properly. To make the most of it you need to know 
what’s on the air, on what station, and when. First thing any intel 
ligent listener does is to take his newspaper, refer to the program 
guide, and check off the programs that sound interesting for that 

This is one suggestion on a list prepared by Margaret 
Cuthbert, Director of Programs for women and children at NBC. 

Jack Gould in "N.Y. Times") 

The special award - to Mr. Crosby of The New York Herald 
Tribune - is one in which all may concur, particularly his fellow- 
colleagues in the critical circle. If anything, the accompanying 
citation was probably on the conservative side. 

Since with Mr. Crosby's award the group has set the prece¬ 
dent of recognizing contributions to radio outside the realm of 
programs, it does seem strange that the Peabody Committee should 
have ignored perhaps the most important single contribution to radio 
in 1946. That was made by the Federal Communications Commission in 
bringing out into the open the whole question of balance in program 
fare and, more particularly, the responsibilities of the broadcaster 
vis-a-vis the advertiser. The FCC would seem to rate just a wee 

H eadline Written After Radi o Check 

( "Editor and Publisher"!" 

On the morning of April 7, the St, Petersburg Time s left 
it to readers to write the banner on the telephone strike situation, 

"Negotiations Still On at Press Time, So ..." read the 
overline leading into: 



To the left of each line was a box for checking, with in¬ 
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Taking in more territory, James Petrillo, President of 
the American Federation of Musicians, has banned recordings of the 
First International Festival of School Music in New York because the 
singers are not professional musicians. 

Dr. Irvin Cooper, President of the Committee in charge of 
the festival, which will open Thursday, said that he has been noti¬ 
fied the recordings cannot be made because it is a "commercial pro¬ 
position. 11 

When told of the report that Paul Porter, soon expected 
to return to private law practice specializing in radio, also in¬ 
tended to write a book, someone who knows him pretty well remarked, 
"A joke-book maybeJ" 

The Management of RCA Communications, Inc. announces "with 
regret" the temporary suspension of publication of its house organ 

"This action is necessitated by reasons of economy, and it 
is noped that as and when conditions improve, publication may be 
resumed", the announcement concludes. 

Admiral Corporation and Subsidiaries - March quarter: Net 
earnings, $511,461, equal to 57 cents a snare, compared with 
$5,507 earned in 1946 period; sales, $9,852,132 against $4,670,813. 

Frank T. Mansfield, Director of Sales Research for Sylvania 
Electric products, Inc., New York City, has been appointed Chairman 
of the RMA Industry Statistics Committee succeeding the late Fred D. 
Williams of the Philco Corporation. 

Tele-tone Radio Corporation, manufacturer of table model 
radios, has acquired a second plant at 540-550 West 58th Street, S. W. 
Gross, President stated in New York City over the week-end, Mr. G-ross 
reporting that the company* s sales for the first quarter were double 
those of the final three months of 1946. 

John M. Otter, Sales Manager of the Radio Division, has 
been promoted to General Sales Manager of Philco Corporation. Mr. 
Otter has been a member of the Philco organization since 1926. 

In 1937 he was appointed Manager of the Detroit office, and 
was then made General Manager of the Chicago branch of Philco Dis¬ 
tributors, Inc. Two years later he was named Sales Manager for the 
Middle West. 

Part I of the Federal Communications Commission’s Rules 
entitled "Rules Relating to Organization and Practice and Procedure", 
is now available in printed form, and may be purchased from the 
Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, at a cost 
of 30 cents per copy. 

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Ownership changes for both of Spartanburg’s, North Carol¬ 
ina, radio stations are proposed in a deal involving more than 
$500,000, according to Walter J. Brown, Spartanburg radio executive. 
Mr. Brown said that former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, is 
among stockholders in a new company which would become owner of one 
of the stations. Applications for transfers in ownership of sta¬ 
tions WSPA and WORD are being filed with the Federal Communications 
Commission and approval of the requests is expected in early Summer. 

Hugh Eeillie, President and General Manager of The United 
Press, reported in New York Tuesday that the number of clients serv¬ 
ed by that news agency had reached a record total of 2,689 news¬ 
papers and radio stations. This figure, he said, excluded such 
special clients as magazines, radio commentators, steamships and 
executive offices. 

Gregory Alexandresco Franzell, concert pianist, age 50, 
composer and musical director, who was also known professionally 
as Gregoire Alexandre sco, died Tuesday in New York. 

Entering the radio field, Mr. Franzell was musical director 
of the WMCA musical forum and for the first Dorsay perfume hour on 
WJZ. He had also been musical director for radio station WINS and 
soloist on the La Palina program on the Columbia System. 

Televising virtually the complete schedule of major league 
baseball games to be played in Philadelphia this season, Philco 
television station WPTZ is ready to man its cameras, microphones and 
controls all seven days during weeks when both the Phillies and 
Athletics play home games. 

The baseball television broadcasts are sponsored on alter¬ 
nate days by The Atlantic Refining Company, and by the Philadelphia 
division of Philco Distributors, Inc. 

Recently, R. 3. Hurley, Chief Engineer of Station WALA, 
Mobile, Alabama, wrote in to the RCA Tube Department at Harrison, 

N. J. , to boast of an RCA. 891 -r Modulator Tube that had been in ser¬ 
vice for 22,464r| hours. 

Not to be outdone, L. H. Nafzger, Chief Engineer of Sta¬ 
tion W3NS, Columbus, Ohio, snapped back in an indignant letter, say¬ 

n I read the obituary of an 891 -r which was only in the 
prime of life, and referred to as ’Old Faithful’, Why, this tube 
didn’t even have long pants on compared to our energetic youngster 
of 50,154 hours, still able to work 20 hours daily, seven days a 
week. ” 

For the first time in the history of radio broadcasting, 
a penguin has broadcast coast*-to-coast over WOL-Mutual as wire- 
recorded by WOL news reporter Macon Reed, Jr. 

The penguins were brought back from the South Polar re¬ 
gions by Admiral Byrd on his recent expedition and turned over to 
the Washington zoo in Rock Creek Park 


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2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

Robert D. Heinl, Editor 


, MAY 1 1947 



Wallace Radio Praise Hit; Other U. S. Programs Seem Doomed. . 1 

Hints TV May Prove World's Most Powerful Advertising Medium. 3 

Free Communications For Wo-rld Telecommunication Delegates.4 

Ormandy, Famous In Radio, To Make Film Debut.5 

Canadian-U. S. Industry Conference Proves Beneficial To Both....... 6 

ROA Surprises With 7^-by-10 Foot Theatre Screen Color TV.7 

A. R. Moore, Jr., CBS N.Y. Engineer, Dies......B 

New Bill Pa.ssed To Enable Wheeler To Aid Senate...,.9 

Woods For Free Radio Discussion Without Hidebound Policy,......... 9 

John G-, Paine's Last Advise Was "Never Mind The Critic 10 

Stations .Almost Double But WTOP Increases Its Audience........... 10 

New WS3 Writer To Base Program On Georgia Industries' Rise..11 

Wartime Amateur Restrictions Further Relieved.....11 

Controlled Transmitters Use In Aircraft Stations Limited.11 

American Cable & Radio '46 Traffic Beat Peak War Years.12 

Scissors And Paste. 13 

Trade Notes. 15 

No. 1773 

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Things apparently don’t look so good for the "Voice of 
America" which for sometime has been operated on international air 
waves in 25 languages by the State Department and more recently 
beamed at Russia in an effort to pierce the "Iron Curtain". Trouble 
has dogged the peacetime continuation of these broadcasts. 

There was a particularly bad break for the "Voice" last 
week - one which threatens to kill the 31-million dollar foreign 
information appropriation about half of which is for broadcasting - 
when Representative John R. Taber (r), of New York, Chairman of the 
House Appropriations Committee disclosed that the subcommittee would 
report out the State Department appropriation bill for the next fis¬ 
cal year without allowing any funds for the Department to continue 
its foreign broadcasts. 

Shortly thereafter when Assistant Secretary of State 
William Benton, head of the Office of International Information and 
Cultural Affairs was making the fight of his life to save the over¬ 
seas broadcasts, Senator Walter F. George (D), of Georgia, almost 
exploded on the Senate floor accusing the State Department of a 
laudatory broadcast to Europe about Henry Wallace at a time when 
Wallace "was seeking to divide at least the sympathies of the British 
and French people from our own people. " 

"I rise to ask whether the right hand of the State Depart¬ 
ment knows what its left hand is doing". Senator George said. "I 
submit that no more untimely broadcast could have been made. " 

The State Department later released the text of a broad¬ 
cast it said was made in Germany, reviewing Russell Lord’s book, 
"Wallaces of Iowa". The broadcast praised the Wallace family for 
its "eternal struggle" to improve the lot of the farmer. 

Senator George said: 

"I read from a letter from a personal friend, a man of the 
highest integrity and character. I read but one paragraph. 

"’What do you think of Wallace now? It is interesting 
that this morning - the occasion, you might say, of the climax of 
his European tour - our Department of State broadcast for 15 minutes 
to Europe a laudatory account of Wallace, the occasion being a review 
of the recent book on The Three Wallaces,’ 

"I have asked the State Department for a confirmation of 
that statement, and I have waited for more than an hour and a half 
to receive a definite reply. I was advised that a broadcast was 
m ade, and that in the broadcast a reviewof the book The Three 
Wallaces was made to Europe on the morning ofApril 23, 1947. 


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ff I rise to ask whether the right hand of our State Depart¬ 
ment knows what its left hand is doing. I submit that no more un¬ 
timely broadcast could have been made by our State Department than 
the broadcast to which I have referred, at a time when Mr. Wallace, 
in Europe, was seeking to divide at least the sympathies of the 
British and the French people from our own people, and at a time when 
surely Mr. Wallace, who has held high office in this Government, 
should have known the natural, inevitable, and logical results of 
his voluntary acts. 

"I am not critical of the book. I do not know much about 
the book. I am not critical of anyone who may have sent such a broad¬ 
cast, except to suggest that the untimeliness of such a broadcast 
certainly should be obvious to any child 10 years of age. “ 

"I am very much impressed by the statement of the able 
Senator from Georgia as to the contradictory actions on the part of 
the State Department ”, Senator Chapman Revercomb (R), of West Virgin¬ 
ia Interjected. “Can any Senator be at all surprised that this has 
happened, in view of the contradictory actions and the confused 
policy of the State Department recently revealed on the floor of the 
Senate in the discussion of the measure to provide aid to Greece and 
Turxey, which is now pending before the House of Representatives? 

We found that the State Department had come before a committee of 
the Senate at this very session asking for an appropriation to send 
a high-octane gasoline plant and other materials to Russia, and had 
then asked an appropriation to block certain action by Russia. So 
we are not very much surprised at the conduct of the State Department.” 

As to the possibility of our international broadcasts get¬ 
ting the axe, Congress has never specifically authorized the State 
Department to carry on this type of activity overseas. 

Under the Congressional Reorganization Act, the Appropri¬ 
ations Committee cannot appropriate funds for anything not covered by 
legislation, if anyone raises a parliamentary point of order against 

Representative Walt Horan (R), of Washington, a member of 
the subcommittee considering the State Department bill, raised a 
point of order, and nothing was left for the subcommittee to do but 
strike the provision out of the bill. 

Meanwhile a bill sent to Capitol Hill by Undersecretary of 
State Dean Acheson to authorize continuance of the program to beam 
news of America to Moscow and other European points is bottled up in 
the House foreign Affairs Committee. 

Thus, as the situation now stands, the Appropriations Com¬ 
mittee can’t appropriate the money for the program until it is 
authorized, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee isn’t moving to 
authorize it. 

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The action in the House killing the 31-million dollar 
appropriation for Secretary Benton’s Office of International In¬ 
formation and Cultural Affairs will not be announced until May 2nd. 
In the meantime it has been reported that should this cut finally 
be made by the House, there will not be much enthusiasm in restor¬ 
ing it or possibly any part of it by the Senators, especially the 



’’Tests made with television audiences numbering only thous¬ 
ands instead of millions, are only primitive measures, I realize, but 
they do indicate that in television we are about to see the rise of 
what easily may be the most powerful advertising medium ever known", 
Eugene S. Thomas, President of the Advertising Club of New York, and 
Sales Manager of WOR, said when he addressed the Associated Motion 
Picture Advertisers in New York last week. Furthermore, Mr. Thomas 
declared that in three to five years from now, television well may 
carry the major advertising load of some companies. 

As to what he believed might be expected from television 
advertising, the speaker got down to cases saying: 

’’Ray Nelson, agency president, reoorts this result from 
one of his programs. A Yale professor demonstrated a folding globe 
costing $1.00. His television demonstration drew 200 orders for 
the article. That was one order for every 25 television sets in 
the New York area at that time. 

"If Jack Benny pulled such a high percentage, he would 
draw 160,000 dollar bills from the Greater New York Area alone, and 
so far as I know, neither he nor any other radio artist has ever 
done that by a single performance. 

"The Loft Candy Company offered a free sample half-pound 
box of candy to viewers ofit s'television program. The number who 
requested it was 175, or one for every 28 television-equipped homes 
in the area. The sponsor considered that a very good response, but 
here's what impressed him most. The audience was asked to send 
their letters to an involved Long Island City address such as 38-17 
18th Street, and every one of the 175 addressed Loft's correctly, 
thus proving the value of presenting your message to both the eye 
and ear simultaneously. 

"B. T. Babbitt and its advertising agency, Duane Jones, 
have been offering premiums for box tops and cash through all media 
for years and closely measuring results. When they offered a cos¬ 
tume pin in the television version of 'Ladies Be Seated' in exchange 
for a Bab-0 label and 25 cents, more than 4^ of the known televi¬ 
sion homes reached by that program sent in the label and coins. 

Robert Brenner, Babbitt advertising manager, said, 'This is a greater 
percentage of returns than we have ever received from a one-time 
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"You will be thinking that, of course, television can 
sell a delicious box of candy, an intriguing folding globe, a 
beautiful dress, or costume pin, but how effectively can it sell 
prosaic articles such as a bar of soap, or a razor blade? 

"Listen to this: A razor blade manufacturer offered a 
sample blade free to the radio audience immediately following the 
broadcast of a college football game. He made the same offer 
preceding the popular John 3. Gambling morning program. These two 
offers pulled the greatest response per dollar spent that this 
advertiser had ever experienced in all the years that he had been 
making the offer by radio or newspapers. 

"Then, a similar offer was made in a television program. 

The response per thousand television homes was more than 10 times as 
great as was that previous record-breaking response. 

"Television is not just a single new medium, it is a com¬ 
bination of at least two and sometimes four existing media. 



Sponsored by Senator Wallace White, Jr. (R), Chairman of 
the Interstate Commerce Committee, the Senate passed a Joint resolu¬ 
tion (S.J. Res. 102) to permit communications companies to accord 
free communications privileges to official participants in the world 
telecommunications conferences to be held in the United States in 

Explaining the resolution, Senator White said: 

"There are to be held in the United States this Summer 
three international communications conferences, which will, in the 
aggregate, be of tremendous importance not only to the United States, 
but to the communication facilities of the United States. The first 
one will open May 15, the second will open July 1, or thereabouts, 
and the final one on August 1, or thereabouts. 

"It has long been the custom at these international con¬ 
ferences that there should be furnished free communication facil¬ 
ities for all those who are technically participants in the confer¬ 
ences. Senate Joint Resolution 102 does not require but would per¬ 
mit the communications companies, in accordance with precedent, to 
furnish the participants in the conferences free communication fac¬ 
ilities. It will cost the United States nothing. It will be a 
great convenience to all the visiting delegates, and others who may 
come here from all over the world to attend the conferences. I very 
much hope the Senate will feel like passing the joint resolution at 
this time. " 



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Eugene Ormandy, conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, 
and one of the first great conductors to come to national attention 
in this country via radio, will soon be seen in the films. The 
picture, which is being made by R.K.O., has as yet not been named 
but the first shots were taken in Carnegie Hall recently where Mr. 
Ormandy was shown, not with his own famous orchestra, but as guest 
conductor of the equally renowned New York Philharmonic with Artur 
Rubenstein, noted pianist, as soloist. The rest of the picture will 
be filmed in Hollywood the last ten days in May. 

The story has to do with a returning war veteran composer 
who loses his eyesight and becomes discouraged. There is a musical 
competition in which the one who writes the best concerto, is to be 
rewarded by having it played in Carnegie Hall by the New York Phil¬ 
harmonic Orchestra with Ormandy conducting and Rubenstein at the 
piano. The war veteran writes the winning composition. 

Mr. Ormandy, who at one time was Musical Director of the 
Columbia Broadcasting Syste, became known in the radio field for his 
expert timing. Earl Gammons, now Vice-President in Washington for 
CBS, who was General Manager of WCCO in Minneapolis, when Mr. 

Ormandy was conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, said 
that Ormandy was the most dependable man in radio with regard to 
timing and in every other respect. 

Mr. Ormandy was one of the few child prodigies whose tal¬ 
ent reached its fulfilment. He made his first appearance at 3-| 
years, was entered as the youngest pupil at the Royal State Academy 
of Music in Budapest at 5-§- years, and graduated with a BA degree 
from the Academy at 14-|, receiving a diploma for the art of violin 
playing two years later. While with the Minneapolis Symphony, in 
addition to his broadcasts, he attracted wide attention with his 
fine orchestral recordings. His big chance came when he was called 
upon to substitute unexpectedly for Toscanini for a series of guest 
appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He later succeeded 
Stokowski as conductor and musical director of this great organiza¬ 


Charles G. Lungren, who is working at the University of 
Miami with tennis coach Mercer Beasley in developing radio equip¬ 
ment to better impart tennis instruction, was granted a construction 
permit for an experimental portable station for testing such use. 

The permittee proposes that a student being coached wear a small 
receiver attached to the small of his back and diminutive earphones 
resembling those employed for hearing aids. The initial use of the 
portable equipment will be for one-way communication with players 
during games to prevent interruptions of play during instruction. 
Power output of 1 watt will be used on 27.44 megacycles. 


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The fourth Joint Canadian-U.S. two-day conference of the 
R&dio Manufacturers’ Associations of Canada and the United States 
at the Seaview Country Club, Absecon, N. J., last week brought about 
the exchange of much industry information. 

The Canadian RMA revealed that it is preparing to launch 
a set sales promotion campaign based on the same theme as that of 
the U.S. RMA Radio-in-Every Room program. 

The U. S. RMA Directors voted to underwrite a proposed 
experimental clinic for servicemen to be sponsored by the Radio Parts 
Industry Coordinating Committee and local distributors. An appropri¬ 
ation up to $2,250 was voted to launch the project in Philadelphia 
and probably also in a mid-western city. If successful, the clinic 
may be extended to other cities throughout the United States. Local 
expenses would be borne by local distributors in cooperation with 
the National Electronic Distributors’ Association. 

A suggested code of ethics for radio servicemen also is 
planned by this same committee to raise the standards of service¬ 

The U. S. RMA Board of Directors discussed a proposal to 
recommend industry-wide adoption of a uniform system of marking FM 
receiver dials - either by megacycles or channel numbers - but decid¬ 
ed to refer the question to the June convention. 

Chairman M. F. Balcom of the Tube Division reported that 
the shortage of receiving tubes, which slowed radio set production 
in 1946, has been overcome in the first quarter of 1947 and that 
sufficient tubes are now being produced to meet all domestic demands 
and also to provide a reasonable supply for export. 

As Chairman of the Surplus Disposal Committee, Mr. Balcom 
stated that the government handling of surplus radio and electronic 
surplus continues unsatisfactory and that some manufacturer-agents 
have cancelled their new contracts. He said the War Assets Admin¬ 
istration is embarking on a new program for disposal of electronic 
components and equipment at its depots. If this plan is carried 
through, he said, it will constitute ’’dumping” and may have unfortun¬ 
ate repercussions on the industry. 


Bill Eailey, Executive Director of the FM Association, 
declared in a broadcast last Saturday that 206 frequency modulation 
broadcasting stations are now on the air throughout the United 
States, compared with 66 last October 23. 

”When you stop to consider that it took ordinary radio 
more than 25 years to reach 1,000 stations, while FM will have more 
than 1,000 stations on the air in two years, you can get an idea of 
the progress of PM”, Mr. Bailey said. 


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The Radio Corporation of America which for a time appeared 
to be cool towards color television, apparently pulled a rabbit out 
of the hat today (April 30) when television pictures in color on a 
7 i-by-10 foot screen were shown publicly for the first time. 

Dr. V. K. Zworykin, RCA Vice President and Technical Con¬ 
sultant of the RCA Laboratories Division, who demonstrated the new 
system to illustrate his address on "All-Electronic Color Televi¬ 
sion" before the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, said that the 
large-screen system employs the all-electronic simultaneous method 
of color television developed at RCA Laboratories, Princeton, N. J. 

It was emphasized by Dr. Zworykin that, as remarkable as 
the advent of large-screen color television pictures appears at this 
time, color television must be regarded as still in the laboratory 
stage. Several years, he said, would be required for its develop¬ 
ment to equal the status of present black-and-white television. 

In the electronic simultaneous color process, Dr. Zworykin 
explained, three separate images in red, green and blue are trans¬ 
mitted at the same instant over adjoining television channels of the 
same band-width used in standard television. 

Then, at the all-electronic receiver which features a new 
type of receiver-projector, the three color signals are applied to 
kinescopes, or picture tubes, one with a red phosphor face, one blue 
and the other green. The flickerless pictures formed on the face of 
each kinescope are projected by an optical system to the auditorium 
or theater screen, where they are superimposed in perfect registra¬ 
tion to form a single image blended in the seme colors as the origi¬ 

Dr. Zworykin, who this month received the Potts Medal of 
The Franklin Institute for his outstanding contributions to televi¬ 
sion, pointed out that color television is passing through a series 
of development stages similar, In many respects, to those that black- 
and-white television passed through in its progression toward per¬ 
fection. He said that a great step was made in the advance of tele¬ 
vision when RCA developed the simultaneous all-electronic color 
system, -which eliminated all mechanical parts and rotating discs. 

"This system is completely compatible with existing mono¬ 
chrome television and has other important advantages", he continued. 
"The transition from monochrome to simultaneous color television can 
be made at a time in the future when color television is ready, with¬ 
out obsolescence of the monochrome receiving and transmitting equip¬ 
ment. it can from that time be developed side-by-side with black- 
and-white television without fear of obsolescence of the latter and 
without loss of investment by the public, by manufacturers and by 
television broadcasters. The progress that has been made so far in 
color television - and it is not inconsiderable - has been due to 
the efforts of many men working in close cooperation. " 

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Dr. Zworykin disclosed that the pick-up unit used in the 
demonstration incorporates the electronic "flying spot* 1 which has 
been under development for nearly ten years. In this system, he ex¬ 
plained, the flying spot of light is created on the screen of the 
kinescope by the electron scanning beam. The light from this spot 
is projected through color slides or films, scanning the entire sur¬ 
face of the scene or object, point by point. As the light beam, 
then tinted with color, emerges from the film or slide, it passes 
through a series of filters which separate respectively the red, 
green and blue portions of the color in the beam. 

Each color then is reflected into photocells which change 
the light values into electrical signals for transmission to the 
receiver* The flying spot method, he added, assures perfect picture 
registration by permitting the transmission of the three color values 
of each picture element simultaneously. 

Television of theater-screen size in life-like colors repre¬ 
sents "a spectacular advance in the art of sight-and-sound broadcast¬ 
ing, and holds fascinating prospects for the future", declared E. W. 
Engstrom, Vice President in Charge o-f Research of the RCA Laborator¬ 
ies Division who cooperated with Dr. Zworykin in the press preview 
at The Franklin Institute; 

"The purpose of this demonstration is to make known to the 
public the latest advance in RCA*s program of all-electronic simul¬ 
taneous color television development, first introduced in October, 
1946", Mr. Engstrom said. 

Revealing the next big step to be expected in the evolution 
of color television, Mr. Engstrom said that cameras and other neces¬ 
sary apparatus are being developed at the Laboratories, which will 
enable a demonstration of color television featuring outdoor scenes 
in motion. He hinted that autumn tints on the countryside would 
afford ideal views to test the delicate and sensitive vision of the 
all-electronic color camera eye. 

In looking to the future, Mr. Engstrom said that it is the 
plan of Radio Corporation of America to perfect color television in 
such a manner that ultimately it will take its place alongside the 
RCA all-electronic black-and-white television system, which now is 
bringing news, entertainment, sports and events of national import¬ 
ance to observers in New York, Philadelphia, Schenectady and along 
the Atlantic Seaboard as far south as Washington, D. C. 



Albert Read Moore, Jr., 33 years old, supervisory radio 
engineer for the Columbia Broadcasting System since 1937, died last 
week at Mount Vernon, N.Y. 

Born in Portland, Me., he was graduated from Northeastern 
University in Boston with a B.S, in electrical engineering. Mr. Moore 
also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was 
author of various articles on radio engineering. 


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Getting the W hite House and President Truman out of an 
embarrassing situation the Senate Monday, April 28th, approved a 
substitute bill for the one vetoed last week by the president to 
permit its War Investigating Committee to hire Ex-Senator Burton K. 
Wheeler, former Chairman of the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee 
and close personal friend of Mr. Truman. 

The compromise, worked out by Senator Carl A.Hatch, (D), 
of New Mexico, and affirmed by the Committee, removes the technical 
objections to which Mr. Truman referred in withholding his approval. 

The new measure contains a proviso that nothing in the 
resolution shall be construed as authorization for Wheeler, acting 
as special counsel to the committee, to institute suits on behalf of 
the Government. It was this provision to which the President object¬ 
ed in his veto message, although he approved a similar measure more 
than a year ago. 



Stressing the importance of free discussion on the air and 
the desirability of radio presenting as wide a range of viewpoints 
as possible, Mark Woods, President of the American Broadcasting Com¬ 
pany, told the Southern Interscholastic Press Association convening 
on the Washington and Lee University campus at Lexington, Va. last 
Saturday, that radio and radio stations should perform this function 
without the establishment of any rigid editorial policy. 

”1 believe in free discussion on the air”, Mr. Woods said. 
”1 believe radio should continue to develop commentators whose stab¬ 
ility and variety of viewpoints bring a wide range of editorial 
opinions to every station. They then speak for themselves, not 
their employer. I believe that a station or network should give 
time to recognized groups for the free presentation of individual 
viewpoints. I believe in forums, as ”America r s Town Meeting” where 
leaders face an uninhibited audience, to argue the merits of public 

”It is clearly in the public interest for the broadcaster 
to search out the dark and shadowy spots on his community and his 
nation and to throw the full light of publicity on them and to rec¬ 
ommend corrective measures, I refer to issues such as public educa¬ 
tion, slum housing, public health, crime and the like. These are 
predominantly social issues; and the radio licensee who acts in good 
faith has both the privilege and the duty to broadcast facts and 
solutions concerning them. 

”Thls may be editorializing, but if it is, it is editorial- 
lzing of the right sort and the only kind to which radio should sub¬ 
scribe. ” 


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Funeral services for the late John G-. Paine, General 
Manager of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publish¬ 
ers, who died suddenly last Wednesday night, April 23, in Detroit 
after delivering an address to the National Federation of Music 
Clubs, were held in New York last Saturday. 

Among the honorary pall bearers were Deems Taylor, ASCAP 
President, Gene Buck, past President of the Society, Irving Caesar, 
Max Dreyfus, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto A. Harbach, Ray Henderson, 
John Tasker Howard, A. Walter Kramer, Edgar Leslie, Gustave Schirmer 
and Herman Greenberg. 

In the last speech he was ever to make Mr. Paine said to 
the Music Federation delegates: 

”0ur American Composers of serious music ’live in holy awe 
of the critics. The result is that many of our composers force them¬ 
selves to write music which is in every respect different from any¬ 
thing that has ever been composed, for the purpose of confounding 
the critics. We must, somehow or other, let the composer know that 
we, the public, have little or no interest in the critic; we have 
interest in the creator. We want the creator to write about us, about 
our life, and about our nation; and we want him to write for us, and 
for our enjoyment and for our mutual benefaction. Never mind the 



Despite the fact that the number of radio stations in 
Washington, D. C., jumped from six to ten within a year, WTOP, 
Columbia-owned station in the capital, enjoyed a 9 per cent larger 
Hooper rating during an average quarter hour against nine competing 
stations than the station had twelve months earlier against only 
five competitors. 

These figures are based on a comparison of the October- 
November Hooper Supplementary Reports for 1945 and 1946. 

Six local, programs of different types sponsored on WTOP 
by local or national advertisers were picked for the comparison. All 
were heard when Washington had six radio stations; all still were on 
the air when ten stations competed for the same audience. 

Against almost twice as much competition, five of the six 
WTOP organizations commanded bigger ratings. 


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Elmo Israel Ellis has returned to Station WSB, Atlanta, 
after more than an absence of five years, to become Manager of the 
Script Department, John M. Outler, Jr,, General Manager of WSB, 
announced last week, 

Mr. Ellis is undertaking the development of two new Summer 
programs for WS3. One will be a thirteen-week series based on the 
rise of new industries in Georgia, tentatively named "Forward 
Georgia". He is also planning a "Summer Prevue" series of variety 

Mr, Ellis left WSB to enter the armed forces in 1942 and 
rose through the ranks to become a Captain in the AAF. In his last 
military assignment, Ellis was Radio Chief for the Air Technical 
Service Command, Wright Field, Ohio. There he directed the activi¬ 
ties of fourteen radio production units throughout the United States. 

For the past fourteen months, Ellis has been in New York, 
writing and directing for "We The People". 



The Federal Communications Commission has cancelled the 
500 watt power limitation on the frequency band 3500 to 4000 kilo¬ 
cycles for those amateur stations lying within the Territory of 
Hawaii and within all United States possessions lying west of the 
Territory of Hawaii to 170° west longitude, and releases frequencies 
from 146,5 to 148 megacycles for use by amateur stations located 
within 50 miles of Washington, D. C., Seattle, Washington, and 
Honolulu, T. H. 

Cancellation of the 500 watt power limitation automati¬ 
cally brings into effect the 1000 watt power limitation set forth 
in Section 12.121 of the Commission's Rules Governing Amateur Radio 

This Order, removing restrictions no longer required by 
the U. S, military services, makes the entire amateur band from 144 
to 148 megacycles available to amateur stations in the United States, 
and all of its territories and possessions. 



The Federal Communications Commission has had numerous 
inquiries concerning the suitability of surplus military transmitting 
equipment for utilization in aircraft radio stations. A large pro¬ 
portion of such inquiries were with regard to the equipment which was 
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used widely in the military service and has been readily available 
through surplus outlets. It is believed that this particular trans¬ 
mitter has been mentioned more frequently than others because of the 
fact that it is obviously one of the best of the non-crystal-con¬ 
trolled transmitters, in terms of engineering design, for applica¬ 
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tests by various agencies, have indicated that some question exists 
as to whether or not this equipment is capable of meeting both 
practical and regulatory requirements as to its technical operation. 
Because of this question, the Commission has Investigated this par¬ 
ticular piece of equipment, and the results of this investigation 
indicate that the equipment is not capable of meeting the Commis¬ 
sion's requirements with regard to the stability of the emitted 
frequency under all normal operating conditions. 

The Commission will continue to permit the operation of 
this transmitter on long distance overseas flights under the specific 
conditions expressed above, but only until suitable equipment which 
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During 1946 the American Cable & Radio System handled a 
record volume of traffic which exceeded even the previous peak war 
years of 1944 and 1945. Because, however, of two major rate reduc¬ 
tions, greatly increased labor costs and a decline in non-transmis¬ 
sion revenues, operations for the year 1946 showed a consolidated 
loss of $1,099,798, before special tax credit, as against a consol¬ 
idated net income of $1,615,894, after deducting a provision for 
United States Federal income taxes in the amount of 8800,000 for 
the year 1945. 

Warren Lee Pierson, ^resident, reporte the ACR System has 
continued to add to its radio facilities at Lima, Peru, and during 
1946 and new circuits were established between Lima and Holland, 
Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland, Radiotelegraph and radio¬ 
telephone service was inaugurated in the Virgin Islands and the 
San Francisco-Manila, San Francisco-Nanking, New York-Rome, Lima- 
Rome and New York-Vienna prewar radiotelegraph circuits have been 

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered a gener¬ 
al investigation into the rates of the United States carriers engag¬ 
ed in international telegraph operations, in connection with which 
hearings began in Washington on April 14th, and adds, "The management 
of the ACR System will cooperate in these proceedings in the hope 
that they may result in general increases in rates to compensatory 
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Coin Operated Radios Play 2 Hours For 25 Cents 

("Radio Age”) 

The new coin operated radio for use in hotel and hospital 
rooms, taverns, tourist camps end Summer resorts is atwo-band re¬ 
ceiver, employing six tubes and a 5~inch permanent magnet speaker. 

It is equipped with a built-in loop antenna, and an additional 75- 
foot baseboard antenna is furnished for use when required. 

Simple operating instructions are presented on the easy to 
read coin plate, and a full-vision eye-line dial permits easy loca¬ 
tion of desired stations. A small chrome frame is mounted on the 
top of the cabinet to hold a card showing frequencies of local sta¬ 
tions and networks. To start the set, the patron has only to insert 
a coin and tune in the station he wants. 

The set which is made by RCA is wired for either continuous 
or intermittent playing, at the option of the coin machine operator. 
It permits two hours of radio reception for 25 cents, and up to four 
quarters may be inserted at one time, providing for a total of eight 
hours* playing time. If wired for intermittent performance, this 
time could be used up in intervals of any length. 

Loss of the instrument through theft is minimized by unique 
styling which makes it virtually impossible to enclose the set in any 
standard luggage or steamer trunks. 

GE*s Meter For Registering Radio Listeners 1 Opinio ns 

Variety w 5" 

General Electric*s new opinion meter, a gadget that doesn't 
Just record a "Yes" or "No" verdict, but reflects the degree of pro- 
and-con feeling in any crowd on a given subject, was recently given 
a two-week introductory workout at WSM, Nashville. 

Designed to measure composite opinion of any group number¬ 
ing up to 120 individuals in less than 10 seconds, the GE opinion 
Meter operates almost automatically. Persons being checked are 
given hand-sized device to hold, same being connected with the meter, 
and each person is asked to register the intensity of his reaction 
to various subjects by pressing on the thingumabob. The meter picks 
up the collective intensity of feeling, computes same electrically 
for an overall average, and the figure of that average is indicated 
by the jump of a hand to the corresponding number on a clocklike dial. 

Sponsors Buying Strike Against Towering Talent Costs 

Tr. W. Stewart in "New York Times") 

The current temper of economy-minded sponsors might be 
gauged by the declination of P. Lorillerd & Co. to renew the option 
of Prank Sinatra. Through Lennen & Mitchell, its agency, the company 
tersely announced that its action was entirely a "cold business pro¬ 
position" due to an "unsatisfactory program rating for the price we 
were paying for the show. " 

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Presumably on the same grounds, Bob Burns is being dis¬ 
continued after his May 25 show, while Eddie Bracken and Frank Mor¬ 
gan recently made their farewell broadcasts, at least temporarily. 

In addition, the future of Kate Smith's nighttime offering is un¬ 
certain at this time. 

Yet, although the sponsors are manifesting a resolute 
buyers 1 strike against towering talent costs, they are still willing 
to bid and pay for any performer who can accelerate a program's 

Thought as to whether this policy of economy will be ex¬ 
tended to top network shows brings out the fact that the cost of 
sponsoring them has in many cases advanced from 50 to more than 100 
per cent during the past four years. This is revealed in a compari¬ 
son of weekly talent costs published by Variety. Here are some of 
the raises: 

Dinah Shore, from $1,700 to $13,500; Duffy's Tavern, 

$4,200 to $12,500; Bing Crosby, $9,000-$10,000- to $25,000; Burns and 
Allen, $6,500 to $15,000; Truth or Consequences, $3,000 to $10,000; 
Ginny Simms, $4,500 to $11,000; Amos 1 n' Andy, $8,000 to $17,000, 
and Fibber McGee and Molly, $8,500 to $16,000, 

Benton Boosts Gave Radio Soap Jingle. Fred Allen 

"TJohn Fisher] "Chicago Tribune") 

William Benton, the canned music czar, today described to 
Congress his qualifications for the Job of Assistant State Secretary 
in charge of spreading education and culture throughout the world, 
including Russia. 

Benton, former advertising agency partner of former OPA 
Administrator Chester Bowles, told proudly of originating a soapsuds 
radio jingle, of being the only man who made any money out of PM, a 
New York publication, and of planning to sell copies of the Encyclop¬ 
aedia Britannica, in which he is financially interested, in other 

Asked by Representative Chenoweth (r), of Colorado, about 
his personal interests, Benton asserted his advertising agency was 
the largest customer of the big broadcasting chains. The Fred Allen 
program is one of his creations, he said. 

He also owns a 1 per cent interest in the Chicago Times, 
a small interest in the Honolulu Advertiser, and has sold most of 
his interest in Time, Inc., Benton said. 

But his specialty is selling "soothing music" to bars and 
restaurants in ICO cities - Chenoweth commented that he never heard 
it, not having frequented such places. Benton’s music several months 
ago was piped into some government offices in attempts to produce 
more work. 

Benton said he not only controls Muzak corporation, the 
canned music company, but has a company manufacturing transcriptions, 
one making phonograph records, another publishing music, runs a 
music rental library of 5,000 tunes, had a half interest in a New 
York frequency modulation station. "But got tired of paying losses 
on it, and after five years I gave it away." He also has two sub¬ 
scription radio companies which he’s trying to give away, he said. 

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Proposed revisions of the Underwriters* Laboratories 1 
standards for redio receivers already have proved beneficial to 
radio set manufacturers and some have indicated a savings in the 
cost of receiver production due to the revisions, a progress report 
of an RMA Engineering Committee indicated this week. 

Discussing columnists before the annual meeting of the 
American Society of Newspaper Editors, Josephus Daniels of the 
Raleigh News & Observer and former Secretary of the Navy, said: 

n I think we have become too dependent upon columnists just 
as radio has upon commentators. It is true that they have come into 
being from necessity, but I truly believe that if editors would 
write editorials as vigorously as columnists think they are God al¬ 
mighty, there wouldn’t be nearly so many.” 

George Perrin, former Chief Engineer of the Federal 
Communications Commission will open offices as head of the George p. 
Adair Company, Consulting Radio and Communication Engineers at 
1833 M Street, N. W. , in Washington, D. C. on May 1st. 

The first regularly scheduled financial ne^s program on 
television is being sponsored by Bache & Company over Station WABD- 
DuMont, in New York. The initial program was broadcast last week. 

Moore’s Stores, of Columbus, Ohio, operating a chain of 
83 automotive accessory stores in Ohio and Indiana, have announced 
cancellation of all radio advertising and the addition of $250,000 
to their budget for increased newspaper advertising during the year. 

The chain in the past has used radio heavily, including 
10 15-minute programs, daily over WKKC, Columbus, according to 
William S. Moore, who announced the change in advertising policy. 

National Union Radio Corporation - for 1946: Carry-back tax 
credit of $193,329 reduced operating loss of $515,742 to $322,413, 
which compared ■'with net loss of $26,4© for 1946 after giving effect 
to $1,185,679 tax carry-back credit. 

"The number of radio crime mysteries is on the increase", 
said James V. Bennett of the Department of Justice in Cleveland last 
week, averring that 46 crimes and mystery programs were on the radio 
at present. 

Howard Barton, promotional head of Station WTAM and one of 
the panel speakers, challenged Mr. Bennett's assertion that during 
the critical listening hours from 7 to 9 P.M., 21.9 oer cent of the 
time was taken by crime programs. 

"A very recent check made by us showed 1,610 programs 
broadcast by Cleveland's four radio stations", Mr. Barton said, «0f 

these only 51. or approximately 3 per cent, were crimes and myster¬ 
ies. " 


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The International Ladies Garment Workers' Union announced 
last week the signing of a contract totalling a quarter of a mil¬ 
lion dollars with the Radio Corporation of America for the delivery 
of frequency modulation (PM) broadcast transmitters and associated 
studio equipment for six proposed FM stations to be erected by Unity 
Broadcasting Corporations. 

The equipment includes five FM transmitters of 10,000 watts, 
and one of one-thousand watts, as well as the necessary studio con¬ 
trol and audio equipment for e ach station. 

The proposed stations, according to Mr. Umhey, will be 
located in Chattanooga, St. Louis, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and 

Compania Radiografica Intemacional de Costa Rica, an af¬ 
filiate of the Tropical Radio Telegraph Co., has obtained from 
Raytheon Manufacturing Co. the first microwave radio communications 
equipment to be installed in Central America. The microwave circuit 
is being established between the city of San Jose and Las Pavas. 

President Truman is expected to sign Washington’s daylight 
saving time bill just passed by the House and Senate into law 
today (Wednesday, April 30), His signature will not start daylight 
saving time for it will be only the signal for the District Commis¬ 
sioners to order public hearings on the proposed time change. 

The Commissioners, who will have the final say on reset¬ 
ting the city’s clocks, trimmed from 10 to 7 days their estimate of 
the time they will need to start the public hearings, which will be 
open to residents of Washington and nearby Maryland and Virginia. By 
what they say, the Commissioners will decide whether to start day¬ 
light time this Summer. 

Also it will determine whether other nearby cities in 
Maryland and Virginia will have daylight time. 

Jajnes C. Petrillo, head of the American Federation of 
Labor Musicians Union, yesterday (Tuesday) barred musicians who earn 
more than $75 a week from adding to their earnings in movie studios. 
His order limited free lance musicians to $133 a week. Men earning 
that much in recording or its sidelines in the studio were barred 
from any more musical work in the same week. 

Henry Cassidy, one of the Paris correspondents of the 
National Broadcasting Company, reported that Russian authorities have 
agreed to re-examine their ban on .American news broadcasts from Mos¬ 
cow, as a result of the coverage of the Moscow conference by American 
networks. The NEC said resident reporters of three American broad¬ 
casting companies have applied directly to Foreign Minister Molotov 
for permission to resume their work. 

The Columbia Broadcasting System and the American Broad¬ 
casting Company said they had no word from their corresoondents about 
the possible review of any Russian ban. 

A "Grin and Bear It" cartoon recently showed a bank employ¬ 
ee, who had been arrested being put in a patrol wagon and had one of 
the bank officials looking on saying: "We knew Bascomb had fine 
clothes, cars, a yacht - but we naturally supposed he was winning 
them on radio programs.' " 


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Radio — Television — FM — Communications 

2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

Robert D. Heinl, Editor 


Marshall, Radio Leaders, Try To Save Overseas Broadcasts.1 

McDonald To Introduce Models Wien Ready; Not Once A Year. a 3 

Washington Gets First RCA "Mass Production" TV Transmitter.4 

FCC Praised For Clearing Back-Log Jam On Time (as Promise d)....... 5 

Microwave Radio Terminal Tested At The Pentagon..5 

"Radio Doing Good Job", Justin Miller; "Could Do Better", Jack Gould. 6 
Transcontinental Coaxial Nearly Across; Brings TV Closer 

Sylvania Tube And Receiving Set Sales Show Large Gains 

Trammell Disapproves Cutting Off Fred Allen. & 

RCA Quarterly Net Leaps 48^; Notable TV Progress Reported....9 

Swezey, MBS General Manager, Socks Soap Opera Critics.....; .10 

Detrola Reports Net Profit And Bond Sales...10 

New Bill Is Offered On U. S. "Voice Of America" Broadcasts...11 

All Set For World Telecommunications Conference Next Week..11 

Federal Radio To Increase FM, Television Set Production.12 

A.P. London-N. Y. Radio-Tele type Now Operates 14 Hours Daily.12 

Scissors And Paste. 13 

Trade Notes.... 15 

No. 1774 £l 

May 7, 1947 


Despite eleventh hour pleas of Secretary of State Marshall 
and a group of leaders from the radio industry headed by Brig. Gen. 
David Sarnoff, who declared the program too vast to be undertaken 
by private enterprise, the House Appropriations Committee last 
Monday refused to appropriate funds for the State Department’s 
"Voice of America” broadcasts now being beamed to Russia and 66 
other countries in 25 languages. 

It was reported that hard boiled head budget executioner 
Chairman John Taber (R), of New York of the House of Appropriations 
Committee might later agree to an appropriation of $10,000,000 for 
the international broadcasts if a fight is made for it on the floor 
of the House or Senate. In that case, however, it was said Congress 
would write the rules and regulations governing the programs rather 
than the State Department or William Benton, Assistant Secretary of 
State now in charge of the offerings. 

General Marshall personally intervened in behalf of the 
program at a conference held in the State Department Monday afteiv 
noon by Congressional leaders and radio executives. The $31,381,220 
budget item for the urogram, operated by the Office of International 
Information and Cultural Affairs, of which the broadcasts were a 
part, was struck out of the State Department's appropriation bill 

Following the conference the radio industry executives 
Issued the following statement: 

"We regard the maintenance and development of interna¬ 
tional broadcasting as a matter of vital importance to the United 
States. Private industry cannot finance international broadcasting 
on the scale required. 

"Thus, if international broadcasting is to be made on the 
scale required by the national interests, the funds for this purpose 
must be provided by the Government. 

"Continued appropriations to the Department of State 
should be made until such time as the Congress considers and formu¬ 
lates long-term plans. We urge such Congressional consideration at 
an early date." 

Those who signed this statement were Brig. Gen. David 
Sarnoff, president of the Radio Corporation of America; Niles Tram¬ 
mell, president of the National Eroadcasting Company; philid Reed, 
Chairman of the General Electric Company; Walter Evans, President of 
Westinghouse Electric Corporation; Wesley I. IXimm, President of the 
Associated Broadcasting System; Walter S. Lemmon, president of the 
World W ide Broadcasting Foundation, and E. J. Boos, Vice-President 
of the Crosley Radio Corporation. 

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Mr. Lemmon was reported to have held out hopes that even¬ 
tually the extent of Government underwriting of the program could 
be reduced as private interests developed new techniques for rais¬ 
ing revenue for it. 

General Sarnoff and Mr. Trammell disagreed with this view, 
however. They said the $31,381,220 requested was inadequate and 
that the cost was likely to increase to meet future needs. 

Secretary Marshall opened the conference called at the 
State Department Monday by showing the Congressional leaders how 
Moscow newspapers and radio broadcast had distorted his position 
during the recently concluded foreign ministers’ conference. This 
country, he told the Congressmen, must have a wave to get the truth 
into Soviet-dominated countries. 

Lieut. Gen. W. Bedell Smith, U. S. Ambassador to Russia, 
who returned to this country last Saturday, said many Russians had 
told him privately that they were impressed by "The Voice of America" 

Ambassador Smith estimated that the Russians would have 
7,500,000 short wave radio sets in operation by 1950. Because of 
crowded living conditions, he said, those sets would reach a far 
greater audience than the same number could reach in the United 

"They (Assistant Secretary 3enton and others) haven’t 
answered any of my questions' 1 , Representative Taber told reporters. 
"Are we going to have one end of the State Department running in one 
direction and the other in another, as witness the broadcast to 
Russia glorifying Henry Tfifollace on April 25?” 

Mr, Taber referred to the review of the book, "The Wallaces 
of Iowa", which the State Department has said was broadcast only in 
the German language and which of the book, 

"Are we going to have a bloc of people in this set-up 
whose first loyalty is not to this country", continued Representative 
Tabe r. 

Supporters of the continuation of the "Voice of America" 
will try to have the House restore the cut. 

There appears to be little chance of success, however, 
since technically there has been no legislation authorizing the pro¬ 
gram, and thus the appropriation can be struck out on a parliament¬ 
ary point of order. The House Rules Committee could, as it did last 
year, eliminate such points of order but it is not expected to do so. 

The Senate can, however, restore the cuts, and if the bill 
contains an appropriation for the overseas broadcasts when it comes 
out of conference the bill will not then be subject to the parlia¬ 
mentary point of order. 

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McDonald to introduce models when ready; not once a year 

E. F. McDonald, Jr., of Zenith, this week came out with a 
new policy of not presenting an annual line of new sets, as is now 
customary in the radio manufacturing industry, but of introducing 
models whenever they are perfected without waiting for any particular 
sea son. 

"It will be our policy from this time on to Introduce new 
models as they come from the laboratory and are properly field test¬ 
ed", Commander McDonald has advised Zenith dealers which he says now 
number 22,000, "Contrary to our past policy, and contrary to what 
has become an expensive custom in the industry, we win not point to 
any specific month in the year to announce new models. Instead, we 
will do so throughout the year as our new developments become ready 
or as the general situation may dictate." 

Expressing the hope that the entire radio manufacturing 
industry will adopt this new policy, Mr. McDonald, addressing his 
dealers, continued: 

"For many years the radio business was as seasonal as the 
snow shovel trade, but it has grown into a major year-around industry. 
Now that radio has grown up and there are no longer annual New York 
and Chicago radio shows, we believe that we would be most unfair to 
our franchised dealers if we brought out a complete new line of 
models once each year and thereby obsoleted every Zenith that a deal¬ 
er had in stock, 

"This obsolescence by a new annual line of models also 
creates ill-will for dealers among the customers to whom they have 
sold radios in the preceding two or three months. These customers 
invariably feel that they should have been told, when making their 
purchase, that new models were coming out. Not only does an annual 
new line build ill-will for dealers, it also jeopardizes time payments. 

"By this new system, we will obsolete only one model at a 
time, not an entire line, and no dealer can get hurt on the obsol¬ 
escence of one model. Zenith will place its dealers in the position 
of never having a ! dated line' on their floors, but always up-to-the- 
minute merchandise. You, perhaps even better than we, realize the 
importance of not obsoleting your inventory, jeopardizing your time 
payments, and creating customer ill-will. You who are old timers in 
the radio industry well know that from its inception in 1920 to the 
present date, so much money has been lost in obsolescence and liqui¬ 
dation that over 700 radio manufacturers have passed out of business. 

"So that we would not be fooling ourselves on an accumulat¬ 
ed back-log of orders, we asked our distributors to cancel every 
order they had with us on January 1st of this year. Since then they 
have placed with us, from month to month, brand new orders covering 
the first six months of 1947. * * * We just have completed a tabula¬ 

tion of our unfilled orders which run through the month of June, 

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and despite a steady increase in production and our record-making 
deliveries, at this writing we have on hand unfilled orders in ex¬ 
cess of twenty-four million dollars. 11 

Commander McDonald also had a word to say with regard t» 
price cutting: 

n I believe in reducing prices where reductions can be made, 
and I grant you that there were some makes of radios that were well 
over-priced, but as I also told you in my last letter to you in 1946, 
Zenith lost over two and one-half million dollars in operations in 
its first six months of its fiscal year, starting May 1st of last 
year. This was because OPA would not grant us our increased costs, 
and because we refused to reduce quality or remove the new innova¬ 
tions which we had introduced. It wasn’t until October that Zenith 
started going into the black. 

n Therefore, our prices, obviously, cannot be reduced at the 
present time and our hope is that we will not have to raise them. ,f 


Washington gets first rca "mass production' 1 tv transmitter 

Station WN3W, NBC’s television station now being built in 
Washington, D. C., is the recipient of RCA’s first postwar televi¬ 
sion transmitter. Television transmitters of this 5-kilowatt type 
are now being produced in quantity by RCA-Victor, W. W. Watts, Vice- 
President in charge of the RCA Engineering Products Department, has 
revealed, and will be shipped at the rate of several a month. 

The new transmitter is said to be the first one to be pro¬ 
duced that provides for satisfactory operation on all of the 12 tele¬ 
vision channels allocated to commercial metropolitan television by 
the Federal Communications Commission. The new transmitter was 
specially designed to ooerate with a radically new high frequency 
power tube. 

Both picture and sound units of the transmitter are incor¬ 
porated in one unit measuring 17 feet by 3 feet by 7 feet. Unit 
construction makes it possible to dismantle the transmitter into 
eight small units for easy transportation to high structures, 

’’This new transmitter represents a long step toward estab¬ 
lishing television broadcasting on the national scale long awaited 
by the industry’s leaders' 1 , Mr, Watts said. "Now that we are geared 
for quantity production of these transmitters and all other elements 
necessary for a complete television broadcasting system, it should 
not be long before stations will be opening at the rate of two a 
month, ultimately bringing the benefits of visual entertainment, 
information, and education to a large part of the nation." 


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Even its sharpest critics will have to admit that the 
Federal Communications Commission delivered the goods in meeting the 
May 1 deadline by which time it undertook to clear up an unprecedent¬ 
ed mass of business which had accumulated and gummed up the normal 
functions of the Commission. 

For weeks and months everyone at the Commission has had to 
put his shoulder to the wheel and towards the end it became a night 
and day grind. That the FCC had successfully put it over came in 
the following modest little announcement: 

"The Commission is pleased to report that, as a result of 
the splendid cooperation which it received from applicants and their 
engineers who participated in the channel studies and the unstinting 
efforts of its own staff, the temporary expediting procedure which 
expired May 1 has accomplished its purpose. It enabled the Commis¬ 
sion either to grant or designate for hearing every Line 2 applica¬ 
tion filed prior to February 7 - some 250 in number.” 

Briefly, before the three months’ "freeze” was undertaken, 
the Line 2 processing cases (involved types) were moving at the rate 
of only 5 a month. The tempo expediting procedure was invoked for 
the prime purpose of moving Line 2. Though it brought more applica¬ 
tions, all were disposed of by May 1 - about 250. 

While Line 1 (non-involved cases) were incidental, the 
speed up also took care of 200 out of 300, leaving only about 100 
Line 1 cases pending, and these are mostly those of the 11-th hour 
rush before the deadline. 



Microwave radio relay circuits are being tested by the 
Signal Corps for communications between the War Department offices 
in the pentagon and Headquarters Army Ground Forces, at Fort Monroe, 

An olive-drab structure topped by two large circular 
"dishes” recently erected on the Pentagon is the antenna system for 
the terminal apparatus installed in the message center at the Penta¬ 
gon. The "dishes” are reflectors for the radio waves which emanate 
from small antennas in front of the "dishes” at a frequency of nearly 
5,000,000,000 cycles per second. 

The station at the pentagon sends its signals in a narrow 
beam to similar equipment located west of Alexandria. There the 
signals are relayed through another piece of equipment and directed 
across the Potomac River to a station near Pomfret, Maryland. Six 
re lay stations in all are placed at selected locations along the 
route, with the other terminal on the grounds of historic Fort Monroe. 



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That was approximately the sum total of a exchange on the 
program “Opinion Please” over the Columbia Broadcasting System betwe¬ 
en Justin Miller, president of the National Association of Broad¬ 
casters and Jack Gould, Radio Editor of the New York Times . The 
topic was “Is Radio Doing A Good Job? “ ' 

Judge Miller, of course, went all out in defense of radio. 

He endorsed it almost without qualification, which, of course, was 
to be expected. Jack Gould, on the other hand and as anyone who 
reads his Sunday column in the Times knows, was much more critical. 
Being one of the most independent radio editors in the country, he 
didn’t pull any punches. 

Judge Miller summed up by saying: 

"Of course, radio isn’t perfect. But is anything human 
perfect? Even the weather, which God makes for us, doesn’t suit 
everyone, all the time. Even our preachers, and our teachers, and 
our Congressmen and our e ditors, even members of our own families 
disappoint us occasionally.* * * And radio will always be responsive 
to public desire. An engineer told me the other day that of all the 
great electronic developments affecting broadcasting which have 
emerged from our laboratoreis, none was more important than the radio 
receiver in your own home. It possesses, as the engineer pointed out, 
a dial by which listeners can select the programs, they desire; a 
knob by which they can reject all that radio has to offer. 

“Believe me, as long as receivers are so designed, the 
American system of broadcasting will bring to the people what the 
people want. “ 

Mr. Gould said that the question is: “Is .American radio 
doing as good a job as it might reasonably be expected to?” The 
answer, he said, must be largely in the negative. Referring to day¬ 
time serials, ’cops and robbers’ shows, and so-called ’horror’ pro¬ 
grams as the three most controversial types of programs, Mr. Gould 
admitted that they have a place in radio, but said the question was 
how big a place. "In catering to the majority taste as represented 
by these types of programs", said Mr. Gould, “radio has tended to 
overlook very substantial minority tastes. “ 

If radio is to appeal also to the minority tastes as it 
should, said the radio editor, several needs in programming seem 
obvious. "These", he said, "would Include drama of real originality 
to offset the flood of tepid Hollywood revivals. Also a wider diver¬ 
sity of opinions among commentators and a wider discussion of na¬ 
tional end local Issues. More contemporary music from young serious 
composers. A more adult wit in many comedy shows. A few more popu¬ 
lar singers who believe in singing and not mooing. And, last though 
not least, advertising messages with information instead of emotion. “ 


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With nearly two-thirds of the transcontinental coaxial 
cable ready in the ground, the Long Lines of the American Telephone 
and Telegraph Company are nearing their goal to span the country 
with a voice highway which will greatly augment facilities for long 
distance telephone service and which may also be used for televi¬ 
sion when suitably equipped. 

The 850-mile section of the transcontinental cable between 
Atlanta and Dallas was opened for regular commercial use on March 5. 
This is the longest stretch of coaxial telephone cable ever placed 
in service. 

The Baltimore-Washington link, which is expe cted to be 
available for telephone service next September, is designed to sup¬ 
plement facilities along the New- York-Washington route where tele¬ 
vision broadcasts are already being carried. While there is already 
a coaxial cable along the Baltimore-Washington route, the eight 
tubes in the new‘cable, according to Long Lines magazine, are twice 
the number in the present cable. 

Other cable projects are gradually developing that will 
give coaxial contact between principal cities throughout the nation. 
Buffalo and Cleveland will be linked by coaxial this month. Construc¬ 
tion across the Alleghenies will provide coaxial end no doubt tele¬ 
vision channels later between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Cleveland 
end Chicago in 1948. In the same year, other cables along the 
Atlantic seaboard will extend coaxial service from New York to Miami. 

For crossing the Mississippi and certain other streams and 
rivers special submarine cable was used. This type of cable was also 
used in low-lying areas subject to flood. Long sections of the cable 
are already in the ground - some actually in service - along the 
route from Washington to Atlanta and also across Texas. Between El 
Paso and Los Angeles, cable trains are now at work in another section 
of the coast-to-coast speech and future television highway. 



The report of Sylvania Electric Products, Inc. for the 
quarter ending March 31, 1947, showed consolidated net income of 
$805,342 compared with a loss of $422,264 in the corresponding per¬ 
iod of 1946. The earnings for the first quarter, after deducting 
dividends on the $4 cumulative preferred s toek, were equal to 70 
cents per share on the 1,006,550 shares of common stock outstanding. 

Consolidated net sales for the first quarter amounted to 
o23,536,779, an increase of 83 per cent over the $12,834,131 volume 
for the first three months of 194 6. 


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Don G. Mitchell, president, said that first quarter sales 
of all major products of the company show large gains over pre-war 
figures. Sales of radio receiving tubes were up 260 per cent over 
the first quarter 1941, the last pre-war comparable figure, and 
radio receiving sets were up 330 per cent. 

The stockholders formally approved the recommendation of 
the management for an increase in the authorized common stock from 
1,200,000 shares to 1,500,000 shares. Mr. Mitchell stated that the 
company has no immediate plans for issuance of any part of the newly 
authorized common stock or any part of the presently authorized but 
unissued shares. The stockholders were asked to approve the action, 
he said, so that the company would be in a position to arrange fin¬ 
ancing when and as general conditions warrant such a course. 



Niles Trammell, President of the National Broadcasting 
Company, admitted yesterday(May 6) that Fred Allen should never have 
been taken off the air for 25 seconds in a recent broadcast because 
he made some wisecracks about an NBC Vice-President, according to 
a U.P. report. 

Mr. Trammell, at a meeting of Radio Corporation of America 
stockholders, read a letter NBC sent to 915 persons who had written 
to protest its action in cracking down on the radio comedian. 

'•When Fred Allen 1 *, the letter read, "in accordance with 
his usual practice, submitted his script for approval, it contained 
some derogatory but humorous references to an imaginary NBC Vice- 
President which could have been permitted to remain in the script 
and which he should have been permitted to broadcast. 

**The mistake was in making an issue with Allen over this 
particular reference. We regret the incident very much but since it 
represents a single mistake, we trust you will agree with us that 
no harm has been caused to anyone and that lessons are learned from 
mistakes. *' 

Enclosed in each letter was an NBC annual review which, 
the company said, "contains, among other things, two very nice pic¬ 
tures of Fred Alien, whom we regard as one of our outstanding com¬ 
edians. ** 


When Mayor 0* Dwyer proclaimed "Mother* s Day Week, May ll rt 
in New York, the proclamation was issued in the presence of a delega¬ 
tion that included Mrs. David Sarnoff, wife of the president of the 
Radio Corporation of America, Mrs, Nicholas M. Schenck, and Mrs. 

Frank A. Vanderlip. 


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Net profit, after taxes, of the Radio Corporation of 
America for the first quarter of 1 947 was $4,680,065, representing 
an increase of $1,519,841, or 48 per cent, over the same period in 
1946, Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, President of RCA, told stockholders 
Tuesday, May 6th in New York. Profit for the first quarter of 1947 - 
before Federal Income Taxes - amounted to $7,919,065. 

Earnings per common share for the first quarter of this 
year amounted to 28 cents, as compared with 17 cents per common 
share for the first quarter in 1946. 

Consolidated gross income of RCA during the first quarter 
of 1947 amounted to $76,560,096, compared with $48,972,924 for the 
same period last year. This represents an increase of $27,587,172, 
or 56 per cent over the 1946 figure. 

Stating that RCA is now in production on television trans¬ 
mitters for which there are substantial orders and that the NBC 
television station in Washington, D. C. is about completed and is 
expected to go on the air within a few weeks, General Sarnoff 

"Television was an important factor in the selection of 
Philadelphia as asite for the Republican National Convention in 
1948. That city is on the coaxial cable line that links New York 
and Washington into a television network. The convention will be 
within view of a large audience along the Atlantic seaboard from 
south of Washington to north of Albany. Television, therefore, with 
its audience increasing daily, will play a new role in the 1948 
national political campaign. 

"We demonstrated all-electronic color television on a 
15 x 20-inch screen of home size on October 50, 1946. An important 
further step was taken by RCA Laboratories last week when it suc¬ 
cessfully demonstrated its color television system on a 7^- x 10- 
foot theater screen at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. This 
was the first showing of color television pictures of this size, and 
as a result a new field is open for television entertainment in 
theater and motion picture houses. " 

Plans for the mechanization of facilities of RCA Communic¬ 
ations, Inc., have been partially completed, it was disclosed, and 
conversion from manual to printer operation is being made on the im¬ 
portant radio circuits between New York and London, Paris, Rome, 

Berne and Stockholm. RCA trans-pacific circuits, operated from San 
Francisco, are on a printer basis. Substantial improvements have 
been made in RCA stations in the West Indies. The recent opening 
of a new radio-telegraph circuit to Greece gives RCA Communications 
direct circuits to 61 countries outside of the United States. 







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Commercial radio is getting more criticism than it deserves, 
soap operas or no soap operas, Robert D. Swezey, General Manager of 
Mutual Broadcasting System, told the Washington, D. C. Advertising 
Club Tuesday, May 6th. 

"Soap operas and mystery and horror stories are to be 
found in magazines with circulations running into millions", he said. 
"It's what the people like and want. Radio must cater to the popu¬ 
lar taste, even as the movies and magazines must.” 

It is the radio industry*s duty, he asserted, not to ignore 
criticism or be annoyed by it or hand out alibis but to analyze it 
and come up with a good rebuttal. But the speaker did not attempt to 
conceal his annoyance with people who blame all of radio for the 
shortcomings of one or a few programs or stations. 

Mr. Swezey, who was an RFC aide in early New Deal days, 
said this country has a few good newspapers, for that matter. Also 
more n trashy n magazines than good ones, ditto for movies. 

"Of all these media, radio is the youngest", he said. "Its 
audience is entitled, in large measure, to listen to what it wants 
to listen to. 11 

He denied that advertisers or advertising agencies dominate 
networks and stations, and pointed out that radio has "risen to the 
heights" in giving service to the public in time of emergency. He 
claimed that in recent years, it has made more progress than any of 
the other media of entertainment and education. 



Consolidated net sales of International Detrola Corporation 
for the five months ended March 31 were $30,050,108.53, and net pro¬ 
fit after tax provision was $1,204,324.70, equal to 99 cents per 

The Company, which has manufacturing divisions in the 
refrigeration, steel, radio, etc. fields, in its entire fiscal year 
of 1946 had total sales of $40,810,028.22 and a net of $1,012,123.92, 
or 84 cents per share. 

C. Russell Feldmann, President of the Corporation, said 
that Detrola has issued and sold $5,000,000.00 of 3-1/2 per cent 
fifteen-year debentures to The Equitable Life Assurance Society of 
the United States, proceeds will be used to retire existing bank 
loans and for additional working capital in the Company 1 s larger 
operations, Mr. Feldmann said. 


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(See earlier story in this issue) 

The urgent plea of Secretary of State Marshall and a 
group from the radio industry headed by Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, 
of the Radio Corporation of .America, for continuation of the "Voice 
of America" program behind Russians iron curtain brought a swift 
response Tuesday, May 6th from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Representative Karl Mundt (r), of South Dakota, introduced 
a comprehensive bill giving the State Department legislative author¬ 
ity to set up and maintain a foreign Information service. The 
measure would also provide for the interchange of students, books, 
educational and commercial information. 

Chairman Charles Eaton (R), of New Jersey, of the House 
Foreign Affairs Committee, who favors the program, has promised that 
hearings on the measure will be held as soon as possible, Mundt said. 

The fledgling program of overseas broadcasts in 25 langu¬ 
ages to 67 countries was threatened with sudden death when the 
House Appropriations Committee cut out all funds for its support. 

Chief point raised by the appropriations group is tha.t 
there was no legislation to authorize the State Department to carry 
on its informational activites. 

The Mundt measure is planned to meet this objection. 



Arrangements have now been completed for the World Tele¬ 
communications Conferences which will be held at Atlantic City com¬ 
mencing May 15. 

The first of the conferences will deal with radio admin¬ 
istration to be followed by the plenipotentiary telecommunications 
conference and the short wave discussions. 

The meetings have been arranged by the State Department 
in cooperation with the International Telecommunications Union. The 
ITU has a membership of some eighty countries which are party to the 
agreement adopted in Madrid in 1932, now in force. The Union had its 
last general session in Cairo in 1938. 

Charles R. Denny, Chairman of the Federal Communications 
Commission, will head the U. S. delegation at Atlantic City for the 
International Radio Conference. 

.Assistant Secretary of State Garrison Norton will be 
Chairman of the International Plenipotentiary Telecommunication Con¬ 
ference, and Assistant Secretary of State William Eenton was chosen 
to head the High Frequency Broadcasting Conference. 


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The Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation, manufacturing 
subsidiary of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation 
in the United States, which last year sold a limited number of broad¬ 
cast receiving sets in the United States and the Western Hemisphere, 
proposes to increase its production this year by a number of addi¬ 
tional models including FM, television, radio and phonograph com¬ 
bination sets. A large part of these will be assigned for export 
to their associated companies in the Western Hemisphere and other 
countries of the world, Sosthenes Behn, President of I. T. & T. 

n While still in an early stage, we believe we have advanc¬ 
ed further than our competitors in the sale and installation of FM 
broadcasting transmitters and are today in the front line of the 
suppliers of this equipment, for which there is an increasing demand 51 , 
Mr. Behn states. 

"We are intensifying our production and sale of mobile 
radio and have already sold a large number of installations in the 
United States, including transmitters, receivers and the mobile units 
for police and other municipal services. We have also shipped mob¬ 
ile radio equipment for installation in Europe and are now carrying 
on surveys preparatory to the installation and supply of such equip¬ 
ment in many countries in the Western Hemisphere, in Europe and other 
parts of the world. We expect to offer at an early date, new instal¬ 
lations which will be available to the general public for service 
connected with municipal and suburban networks in areas in which such 
Installations are made. " 



Reporting that the operating expenses of the Associated 
Press had exceeded $18,000,000 in 1946, Kent Cooper, Executive Dir¬ 
ector, last week gave details of the first direct bureau-to-bureau 
radio-teletype service ever utilized by a press association, which 
the Associated Press started last year between London and New York. 

The circuit is '’punched” in the usual way in the London bureau and 
the signal is received in the New York bureau on standard printers 
without manual "relays". The service operates 14 hours daily at the 
uniform 60-word speed, making it possible to tie the European bure¬ 
aus to the domestic "landline" circuits when news conditions warrant. 
No "cue" channel is employed, the radio circuit operating in a west¬ 
bound direction only. This service is both an alternate and a com¬ 
plement to the New York-London two-way cable facility. 

A similar circuit operates between the San Francisco 
bureau and Honolulu, this facility having been established experi¬ 
mentally two months in advance of the London to New York radio 


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11 Bo.Y. Does He Work At It! " - Reinsch Re Truman’s Broadcasts 

TTom Twltty in "Washington Post”) 

"president Truman*s conscientious effort to improve his 
radio personality is paying off, in the opinion of the White House 

"When Mr. Truman took over his office Leonard Reinsch, 
General Manager of the Cox radio stations, was directed by his boss, 
former Ohio Gov. James M. Cox, now newspaper and radio chain owner, 
to devote as much time as necessary to helping Mr. Truman win more 
friends (and perhaps influence more voters) via radio. 

"When he is not in Washington for the five or six days pre¬ 
ceding every major presidential speech, Mr. Reinsch devotes his time 
to managing the three Cox radio stations in Atlanta, Miami and Dayton 
"Radio Coach Reinsch gives all the credit for Mr. Truman’s 
radio improvement to the President himself. *3oy, does he work at 
It.' " 

"The most important change has been to slow down delivery. 
Next is the use of pause for dramatic emphasis. Third has been a 
building up of the voice level from the flat Missouri monotone. 

"Contributing to all these improvements, from the racing 
speech of the early days of Mr. Truman’s administration, has been 
the gradual acquisition of presidential microphone-platform ease, 

"Mr. Reinsch asserts his only part in the conversion of 
President Truman to a good radio speaker is that of minor critic and 
radio editor. As a presidential speech nears its final draft, he 
changes a few word combinations that may be pitfalls. One of the 
worst of these is a series of words with * S’ s’ whom are likely to 
make the speaker sound like a cobra. 

"president Truman, himself, is the major critic, however. 

He often reads a speech aloud as many as six times. On the 1 final* 
draft he will speak into a wire recorder and make further changes to 
improve the product that he will soon deliver to millions of Americ¬ 

"During Mr. Truman’s two years in the White House, Mr. 
Reinsch has succeeded in reducing the number of microphones at public 
presidential addresses to five; two for the networks and local sta¬ 
tions, two for the movie cameras, and one for the local public address 
system. He has even succeeded in getting rid of the station, network 
and newsreel trade names from the microphones that are used, 

"Here is how a typical presidential speech Is put together. 
Clark Clifford, special counsel for the President, gathers the econ¬ 
omic factual material. Mr. Truman meets with his White House staff 
with a skeleton outline of the speech prepared. A first draft is 
prepared, with some written out passages direct from the President. 

"Mr, Truman goes over the first draft fitting the facts to 
his own delivery style. By about the fourth draft copies are circul¬ 
arized among various Government Cabinet departments concerned for a 
factual check and suggestions, 

"Charles G. Ross, White House press secretary, works dir¬ 
ectly with the President on rewriting the various drafts. other 


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members of the White House staff - Mr. Clifford, John R. Steelman 
and others receive copies and criticize. 

"Mr. Reinsch edits strictly for radio purposes at the 
final stages. Six drafts are prepared in all." 

A Brick for the FC C 

("Chicago tribune’’f 

When a New York scandal sheet, celled -Town Topics, abused 
the freedom of the press end was exposed in a blackmail scheme to 
sell its stock on threat of injurious publicity to prospects, it was 
shortly forced to fold up. A good many newspapers and magazines 
which have been neglectful of their responsibilities have suffered 
the consequences in a decline of popularity. 

A radio station, like a newspaper, must guard its reputa¬ 
tion or lose its following. Intramural vigilance can always perform 
a better policing Job than a group of burocrate peeking in from the 

petrillo Thinks Up A New One 

("Washington Post") 

If anyone needs evidence of the absolute bondage in which 
Mr. James Caesar Petrillo holds the members of the American Federa¬ 
tion of Musicians, he need only ponder the AFM’s latest ukase. An 
order issued in Hollywood with Mr. Petrillo's assent now prohibits 
movie studio musicians from taking outside Jobs that might deprive 
unemployed horn-tooters of work. Specifically, contract musicians 
making $133 or more a week are preventedfrom accepting any outside 
work except symphonic engagements. Part-time studio musicians may 
take outside jobs, but if they make between $25 and $75 on the out¬ 
side, they are allowed only one studio engagement, and if they make 
more than $75 outside they are barred from studio work during the 
same week. 

It is hard to work up much sympathy for men making $133 a 
week. But that is not the point. What Mr. Petrillo has imposed is 
something suspiciously close to a share-the-wealth scheme. In placing 
a limitation on the right to earn, he has approached the collectivist 
philosophy abhorred by believers in free contract. His order says 
nothing about ability or employer preference. The move to pass the 
Job around is merely another chapter in the anachronistic practice 
of "making work" for men whom technological advance has displaced and 
who are retained only by virtue of Mr. Petrillo's tight oligarchy. 

This newest example of featherbedding in an already greatly over¬ 
stocked profession is bound to react against the interest of its 
competent members. 


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It seemed to be conceded In Washington that president 
Frank Stanton of the Columbia Broadcasting System, had won the 
round in refusing to broadcast the recent speech of Secretary of 
State Marshall when the State Departmeht virtually demanded that 
it do so and even went so far as to stipulate the time desired. 

Hereafter the State Department will probably be a little 
more tactful and consult the networks as do the White House and 
other Government departments. 

Because of widespread interest in the talk of Edgar L. 
Warren, Director of the U. S. Conciliation Service, Department of 
Labor, and other authorities on industrial relations, the RMA 
Industrial Relations Seminar today (Wednesday, May 7) and tomorrow 
in New York City at the Hotel Pennsylvania, will be open to repre¬ 
sentatives of other industries. 

Paul J. Larsen, Chairman of the Theatre Television Com¬ 
mittee of the Society of Television Engineers, said in Chicago 
that small television transmitters can beam news and sporting events 
direct to theatres. He added that theatres can install television 
equipment at an average cost of $7,000. 

Ex-Mayor Fiorella of New York recently elected a Director 
of Metropolitan Broadcasting and Television Co*, lost no time becom¬ 
ing vocal. At an NAB, New York district meeting, he warned broad¬ 
casters that there was no vested interest in a radio permit, that 
"sooner or later the Communications Act is going to be construed as 
it originally was intended. n 

In explanation, Mr. La Guar die. said that this would mean 
that a broadcaster whose license had been revoked by the Federal 
Communications Commission would not be free to sell or transfer it. 

"The time will come that when a license is revoked, the 
premises will be padlocked, just as in the old liquor cases", he said. 

Rear Admiral Ellery W. Stone, of the Allied Control Commis¬ 
sion, and formerly Vice-President of Mackay Radio and All America 
Cables and Radio, was among the callers received by President Truman 
at the White House Monday, May 5th, 

More audience research to determine what the majority of 

listeners want and what they do not want, was urged by James D. 

Shouse, president of the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation, in an 
address before the third annual City College Radio and Business Con¬ 
ference in New York. 

_ Mr, Shouse indicated that broadcasters must stop being 
entirely too thin-skinned at what may be fair criticism from a pres¬ 
sure group from its standpoint but extremely unfair for the majority. w 
"We have got to spend more money, apply more of our best 
brains to audience research and continuing studies in attitudes, not 
in the fact of who listens only, but the reasons why. Not only what 

. eople don’t like but what they like and why. 11 

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A Radio Department has been set up by the Associated 
press with Oliver Gramling in charge as an assistant General Manager. 
This followed action of the recent AP membership meeting consolidat¬ 
ing all of the radio activities under direct A? administration. 

As soon as final details can be concluded, Kent Cooper, 
Executive Director, said, stations now taking the special AP radio 
wire service will be offered associate membership "under a rate for¬ 
mula that will be as equitable as possible. " An "ambitious program" 
is being worked out for the radio membership, he added. 

Data released by the Sales Research Department of Sylvania 
shows that there were approximately 61 million radio sets in use in 
the United States at the beginning of 1947. Radios are owned by 
34.8 million families or about 91& of the families in the United 

Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Paul Porter, former FCC 
Chairman, now in private law practice, are listed among "the great 
leaders" of "Americans for Democratic Action", described as a liberal 
organization but "not a third party and not a part of any party" and 
as having "no hidden loyalties". 

A page newspaper ad carrying the picture of Mrs, Roosevelt, 
Porter and others, concludes: 

"If you are a non-communist liberal this is the organ!za- 

tion for you. Join ADA. ...Work in ADA.Contribute to ADA. Your 

dollars will be used to build the organization on local, state and 
national levels, to help elect liberal candidates, and launch a 
nation-wide educational program using press and radio. " 

Three radio engineers proposed Monday that shortwave radio 
signals could be sent long distances on the earth by using the moon 
as a "relay". 

The three - Dr. D, D. Grieg, Dr. S. Metzger and Dr. R. Waer 
of the Federal Telecommunication Laboratories in New York - the 
proposal before a Joint meeting of the International Scientific Radio 
Union and the Institute of Radio Engineers in Washington. 

The radiomen’s three-day Institute is the first held since 
the war. Some 98 scientific papers are being presented. 

Three District of Columbia broadcasters were named by 
NA3 President Justin Miller to serve on a special committee to pro¬ 
vide facilities and program counsel in the development of a series 
of transcribed broadcasts by the NAB President for distribution among 
radio stations. 

The broadcasters are Merle S. Jones, General Manager of 
WOL, who will serve as Committee Chairman; Richard L. Linkroum, WTO? 
Program Director; and Robert Morrison, head of the NBC Recording 
Division in Washington. 

The series of transcribed talks by Judge Miller, which will 
deal with many different phases of broadcasting - its development, 
its accomplishments and its problems - were authorized by the NAB 
3oard of Directors at its last meeting. 


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MAY 14 194 


Radio And Communications Concerns Aid Army Signal Corps....1 

"TV To Supplement But Not Supplant Sound Broadcasting" - NBC.2 

Engineers To Consider Inter-City m V Program Transmission.3 

RCA Prices Its First Television Console At $795.4 

Walter Evans Elected .president Westinghouse Stations.,.4 

Radio Notables Enjoy Humorous Gridiron thrusts...5 

Intra-Video Master Television Antenna System Now Ready...5 

Taber Charges "Voice Of America" Does More Harm Than Good.6 

Washington, D. C. Hears Winchester, Va. FM Clearly - 75 Miles.7 

Drys Rally To Bill To Bar Radio, Newspaper Alcoholic Ads. .....8 

C3S Bounces Back In Television. 8 

Vehicle Phone Demand Requires Hearing To Determine Future.9 

Florida Papers paid Radio Program Success Inspires Others.10 

Sylvania Gives 15 Cents An Hour Pay Raise.11 

Ultra Short Wave Radio Link Versus Telephone Long Lines..... .11 

Tells RMA "We Are Over Hump" Of Labor Troubles. . .12 

Scissors And Paste. ...13 

Trade Notes... T 5 

No. 1774 

May 14, 1947 


.Although there has been very little publicity about it, 
more than a hundred Industrial concerns and universities throughout 
the United States are cooperating in an intensive program of 
research for the Army Signal Corps. The postwar goal of the Signal 
Corps is national security and military preparedness in terms of 
long-range scientific planning rather than the immediate production 
of new equipment. Signal Corps engineers hold that equipment pro¬ 
duced today may well become obsolete tomorrow in the face of new 
discoveries or inventions which may be expected as a result of the 
numerous and intensive explorations into the science of electronics 
and related subjects. 

The large electronics concerns now engaged in the work 
include the Bell Telephone Laboratories, General Electric Company, 
Westinghouse, Federal Telecommunications Laboratories, duPont de 
Nemours & Co., Philco Corporation, Arnold Engineering Co., Baird 
Associates, DeMornay-Budd, Inc., Dow Chemical Co., General Research 
Laboratories, Phillies Laboratories, Inc,, Radio Corporation of 
America, Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., Stupakof Ceramic & Mfg. 
Co., Sperry Gyroscope Co., Inc., Stromberg-Carlson Co., Galvin Mfg. 
Co. and Eitel McCullough. 

Electron tubes and new circuits which will revolutionize 
the present concepts of radar and communications are being explored 
and studies are being made as to why microwaves are in some cases 
bent upwards or downwards instead of traveling in a straight line 
as might normally be expected. Rockets are being sent 100 miles 
above the earth to probe the upper atmosphere. Studies are being 
made which will extend the present radio spectrum toward the infra¬ 
red; knowledge is being obtained by radar reflections from the moon; 
studies are being made of the behavior of radio circuits operating 
at a temperature near absolute zero, and many other equally inter¬ 
esting fields are being investigated. 

Evans Signal Laboratory at Belmar, N.J. with Colonel H. W. 
Serig as Director, does major work in radar, meteorology, vacuum 
tubes and special engineering problems. Coles Signal Laboratory 
at Red Bank, N. J. is the communications laboratory of the Signal 
Corps, doing all types of work on radio, wire communications and 
facsimile. Lt. Colonel W. A. Speir is Director. 

Over-all responsibility for the research program lies with 
MaJ. Gen. Spencer 3. Akin, Chief Signal Officer and the Engineering 
and Technical Division, Office of the Chief Signal Officer, which is 
headed organizationally by Col. J. S. Willis as Chief, located in 
the Pentagon Building, Washington, D. C. 

Nine categories are represented in the Signal Corps 
research program. Continuous research will be followed in the 
fields of Thermionics, Propagation, Circuits, Materials, Power 

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Sources, Meteorology, Communications Techniques, Antennas and Gen¬ 
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ing in one or more of the nine research fields are Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, University of California, Princeton Univer¬ 
sity, Auburn Research Foundation, Antioch College, Columbia Univer¬ 
sity, Colorado A. and M. , Colorado School of Mines, University of 
Florida, Georgia Tech. Research Institute, Illinois Institute of 
Technology, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, Lehigh 
University, Armour Research Foundation, Batelle Memorial Institute, 
University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, New Mexico School 
of Mines, New York University, Northwestern University, Ohio State 
University Research Foundation, Pennsylvania State College, Rutgers 
University, Tufts College, Wesleyan University, Franklin Institute 
and Washington University. 



Carrying excellent likenesses of Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, 
President of the Radio Corporation of America, Niles Trammell, Presi¬ 
dent of the National Broadcasting Company, and Frank E. Mullen, 
Executive Vice-President of the National Broadcasting Company, and 
well illustrated throughout, the Annual Review of the National Broad¬ 
casting Company for 1946-1947 heralds the coming of television. 

The preface reads, in part: 

"As NBC enters its third decade, a fascinating new service 
is being added to the old - the service of sight-and-sound combined. 
After many years of research, experiment and development, television 
is now emerging as a practical, tested medium of mass communication. 
Television broadcasting stations are being built across the country; 
television receiving sets are being manufactured by the hundred 

"In the foreseeable future, however, television will sup¬ 
plement but not supplant sound broadcasting, Something new has 
been added 1 , but nothing has been taken away. Sound broadcasting 
continues to be the main line of N3C activities, and is the principal 
theme of this review of the ooerations of the company in 1946 and 

Contents of the Review Include: "Twenty Years of Broad¬ 
casting Service", "NBC And Its Commercial Sponsors", "The Home 
Stations of NBC", "The NBC Network", "International Broadcasting", 
”FM", and "public Relations and Advertising. " 



Helnl Radio News Service 



There will be an engineering conference of television 
broadcasters, communications carriers and manufacturers of televi¬ 
sion and microwave equipment at the Federal Communications Commis¬ 
sion in Washington Tuesday, June 3 for the purpose of formulating a 
schedule which will set forth the expected installation dates for 
relaying television programs between cities. 

The FCC call for the conference states: 

"All persons who can contribute to the formulation of an 
installation of"facilities schedule, for the informal information of 
all concerned, are invited to participate. The Commission’s Chief 
Engineer will preside at the conference. As a point of general in¬ 
formation, the Commission intends to issue a final service-alloca¬ 
tion for the non-government fixed and mobile bands between 1000 and 
13000 Me. , as soon as possible after the Radio Administrative Con¬ 
ference at Atlantic City. 

’’Common carriers should come to the conference prepared to 
state when they will be able to supply relay facilities by micro- 
wave relay or coaxial cable to each of the cities having existing 
or potential television stations shown in the attached list. New 
York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco might 
be assumed as initial program origination points and cities having 
three or more television broadcast stations might be assumed to 
require at least three or more network programs available simultan¬ 

"Television broadcasters and construction oermit holders 
should come prepared to state the date of completion of their sta¬ 
tions and the date they will desire network facilities for their 
broadcast purposes. 

"Both the common carriers and the television broadcasters 
should be prepared to submit the above data in writing to the Com¬ 
mission either during the conference or within 10 days after the 

The latest official list of existing television stations 
and outstanding construction permits follows: 

Albuquerque, New Mexico - 1; Ames, Iowa - 1; Baltimore, 
Maryland- 3; Boston, Massachusetts - 2; Buffalo, N.Y. - 1; Chicago, 
Ill. - 4; Cincinnati, Ohio - 1: Cleveland, 0. - 2; Columbus, Ohio -I 
Dallas, Texas - 1; Dayton, Ohio - 1; Detroit, Mich. - 3; Fort Worth, 
Texas - 1; Indianapolis, Ind. - 1; Johnstown, Pa. - 1; Los Angeles, 
Calif, 6; Louisville, Ky. - 1; Miami, Florida - 1. 

Milwaukee, Wis. - 1; Minneapolis-St, Paul, Minn. - 2; 

New Orleans, La. - 1; New York, N.Y. - Newark, N.J. - 7; Philadel¬ 
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R. I. - 1; Richmond, Va. — 1; Riverside, Calif. - 1; St. Louis,Mo. -1 
Salt Lake City, Utah - 1; San Francisco, Cal. - 3; Schenectady, N.Y. 
1; Seattle, Wash. - 1; Stockton, Calif - 1; Toledo, Ohio - 1; and 
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The first RCA Victor console television receiver is now 
in mass production and is being shipped to television distributors 
this month. The new instrument, combining television, RCA Victor 
FM, standard broadcast, international short wave, end Victrola 
pnonograph, is said to be the first unit with these services to be 
offered by the industry for less than $1,500. Suggested retail 
price for RCA Victor’s five-in-one unit is $795, exclusive of tax 
and Owner's Policy fee. 

Describing the set, RCA says: 

"In addition to its versatiligy, the new 'complete home 
entertainment unit', Model 641TV, presents for the first time sever¬ 
al advances in television receiver design. One of the most unusual 
of these is the automatic brilliance control, which, despite vary¬ 
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presents an image of uniform brightness on the screen. 

"Three separate chasses have been incorporated into the 
one compact instrument. Its television screen presents a picture 
52 square inches in size, using a 10-inch RCA direct-view tube, 
centrally mounted on the cabinet front, at eye level for a seated 
audience. Decorative, wide-panel tambour sliding doors conceal 
the television screen and controls when the television portion of 
the set is not in use. 

"RCA Victor’s Television Owner’s Policy, which has been 
a success in its application to the company’s initial table model 
television receivers, will be established for the new Model 641 TV. 

"The policy covers an antenna to receive the television 
and FM broadcast signals, installation of receiver and antenna, 
instruction on operation and care of the receiver, any necessary 
service and raaintenan ce work for a full year from the time the 
receiver is installed, replacement of any necessary parts (includ¬ 
ing the television picture tube) for one year, and reorientation of 
the antenna to receive the signals of any new television or FM 
broadcasting stations which may go on the air within the service 
area during that period. ” 



Walter Evans has been elected head of Westinghouse Radio 
Stations, Inc. Mr. Evans had been Vice-President end General Manager 
of the subsidiary since 1939 and also Vice-President in charge of 
all of Westinghouse’s radio activities. 



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An added starter at the Spring Gridiron Dinner in Washing¬ 
ton last Saturday night was Herbert Hoover who hadn*t attend¬ 

ed one of these affairs since the days when he was the country*s 
first "Radio Czar" and later President of the United States. Mr. 
Hoover received a great ovation, president Truman also again proved 
his popularity though some of the good humored shafts aimed at him 
would have made an ordinary person wince. 

Among those one way or another connected with the radio 
industry who were present at the dinner were: 

Kenneth H. Berkeley, General Manager, WMAL, Washington; 

Gene Buck, Past President, American Society of Composers; Gardner 
Cowles, President, Cowles Broadcasting Company; John Cowles, Vice- 
President, Cowles Broadcasting Company; T.A.M. Craven, Vice-Presi¬ 
dent, Cowles Broadcasting Company; Ray Henle, MBS commentator; 

Luther L. Hill, Vice-President, Cowles Broadcasting Company; Merle 
Jones, General Manager, WOL, Washington; John S. Knight, WQAM, 

Miami; Claude Mahoney, CBS Commentator; Clarence Menser, Vice-Presi¬ 
dent, National Broadcasting Company; Eugene Meyer, WINX, Washington; 
Edgar Morris, Zenith representative, Washington. 

Also, Frank E. Mullen, Vice-President and General Manager, 
NBC, New York; Jack Paige, MBS; Drew Pearson, ABC commentator; Frank 
M. Russell, Vice-President, NBC, New York; David Samoff, President, 
Radio Corporation of America; A. A. Schechter, Vice-President, MBS, 
New York; Carleton D. Smith, General Manager, WRC, Washington; Niles 
Trammell, President, NBC, New York; and Albert L. Warner, WOL, Wash¬ 



The Telicon "Intra-Video" Master Antenna Television System 
is now ready and will be demonstrated to the television industry and 
apartment house owners sometime this month, announces Sol Sagall, 
President of "Intra-Video 11 Corporation of America and Telicon Corpor¬ 
ation, 851 Madison Avenue, New York, N. Y. The Intra-Video system, 
according to Mr. Sagall, offers the complete practical solution to 
a problem which has been vexing television manufacturers, television 
engineers, and realy owners in recent months. 

Apartment house owners acting through the New York Real 
Estate Board informed their tenants a few months ago that they would 
not permit the erection of single individual aerials on their roofs. 

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Despite testimony to the contrary by Undersecretary of 
State Dean Acheson, Representative John Taber (R), ofNew York, Chair¬ 
man of the House Appropriations Committee, again lashed out against 
"The Voice of America". Mr. Acheson said the goal of the broadcasts 
was "to cover the earth with trust". 

Secretary Acheson testified in behalf of a measure intro¬ 
duced by representative Karl E. Mundt, (R), of South Dakota, to give 
Congressional sanction to the broadcasts and other international 
informational and cultural activities of the Department. 

The House Appropriations Committee, citing the absence of 
specific authorization, last week deleted from the appropriations 
bill for the State Department for the new fiscal ye&r any funds to 
operate the agency’s Office of International Information and Cultural 
Affairs after June 30. The OIC had requested $31,381,220. 

The Mundt bill merely authorizes these activities; operat¬ 
ing funds would still have to come from the Appropriations Committee. 

Coincident with Mr. Acheson’s appearance, Mr. Taber at a 
press conference indicated some willingness to allot $5,000,000 or 
$6,000,000 for the "Voice of America" and related programs "if it’s 
cleaned up and they get rid of the incompetents. " 

Representative Taber spoke into a microphone through which 
his remarks were being recorded for possible broadcast on a Voice of 
America program. 

"These broadcasts", said he, "are not the voice of America. 
The whole thing bears the earmarks of a very deliberate design to 
carry into the foreign broadcast field an idea in support of a left 
wing position. That is highly improper; such broadcasts should be 

"The whole thing is not only colored from the left wing 
standpoint but seems designed to make America ridiculous. . . Dial¬ 
ogues are involved in these broadcasts which are absolutely unintel¬ 
ligible. " 

In his prepared statement, Mr. Taber declared: 

"These broadcasts are doing more harm than good. They are 
not checking the spread of communism. Propaganda that ostensibly 
is intended to build new respect for the United States is being used 
instead to criticize private enterprise, to express partisan opin¬ 
ions and to distort the picture of life in the United States. . . 
Many of the broadcasts deal with trivialities and at times the pro¬ 
grams are downright silly." 

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by Anna Buerger which he said criticized Senator Taft (r), of Ohio. 

Representative Taber said: 

1. He would be willing to approve a five or six million 
dollar appropriation for foreign broadcasts "if they were cleaned 
up. " 

2. He thought private concerns could do a better job of 
foreign broadcasting than the State Department. 

3. He would oppose inclusion of any funds for foreign 
broadcasts in the general State Department Appropriation Bill which 
came up in the House yesterday. 

Asked if he thought cutting out the broadcasts would mean 
getting rid of William Benton, head of the Cultural Relations Divi¬ 
sion, Taber said Benton had "had a year and a half at it and hasn f t 
done the job. I*ve got no personal feeling against him, of course." 

In the meantime the question of "Should We Continue the 
Voice of America Broadcasts?" will be debatee on the air. The first 
of these broadcasts will be over ABC tomorrow (Thursday, May 15) 
at 8:30 p*M., EDT, in "Americans Town Meeting" held in Brooklyn 
as a feature of the centennial celebration of the historic church 
of Henry Ward Eeecher. 

Speakers on the program will be Representative Taber, 

Carl A. Hatch (D), of New Mexico), member of the Senate Foreign 
Relations Committee, Frank Waldrop, Assistant to the publisher of 
the Washington Times-Herai d, and Ralph E. McGill, editor of the 
Atlanta Constitutio n. Mr. McGill was a member of the three-men 
commission appointed by the American Newspaper Publishers* Associa¬ 
tion to make a round-the-world trip to study communications and 
sources of information in foreign countries. 

On Saturday evening, May 17th, at 7 P.M., EDT, Representa¬ 
tive Taber and Senator Carl A. Hatch will take up the cudgels on 
the same question on the NBC University of the Air. 



Among the first FM stations to be regularly heard in the 
National Capital is WINC-FM, in Winchester, which proclaims that it 
serves "Washington and Baltimore from the Skyline of Virginia." It 
is listed as using 3 KW on 4,000 mcs. and is the first FM outlet 
to bring network programs into Washington, those of the American 
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The Senate Commerce Committee began last Monday on a bill 
by Senator Arthur Capper (R), of Kansas, which would bar newspaper 
and radio advertising on alcoholic beverages from interstate com¬ 
merce. Thus far (Wednesday, May 14), there have been 35 witnesses, 

Mrs. D. Leigh Colvin, President of the Women*s Christian 
Temperance Union, told the Committee yesterday that liquor ads are 
competing with mothers trying to raise their children not to become 

Mrs. Louise Gross, President of the Women’s Moderation 
Union, declared there are no new arguments the drys can produce to 
warrant Congress crippling the beverage industry which, she said, 
adds millions of dollars to the tax revenues. 

The Rev.. Sam Morris, San Antonio, Tex. , testified that 
while four major radio networks regularly carry wine and beer adver¬ 
tisements, they decline to sell prohibitionists regular time. He 
said the same is true of many independent radio stations. 

Frank E. Gannett, President of the Gannett Newspapers, 
said in a statement that none of the 21 Gannett newspapers nor any 
radio station he controls accepts liquor advertising and will not 
do so, although he estimated it would increase revenues by $1,000,000 
a year. 


Inauguration of three series of television programs over 
Station WCBS-TV as announced this week by the Columbia Broadcasting 
System is further evidence that CBS expects to remain in the tele¬ 
vision game despite recent adverse C3S color rulings. 

The new television series in New York will originate from 
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the 
Museum of Natural History. 

The three new educational program series will supplement 
Columbia’s diversified television fare, ranging from baseball and 
movies to coverage of the Memorial Day parade and regular "arm¬ 
chair visits" to the Bronx Park Zoo. 

Sports will play an important part in the C3S television 
listings. Beside the home games of the Brooklyn Dodgers, sponsored 
by Ford Motor Company and General Foods Corporation, the May-June 
schedule includes the forthcoming professional tennis tournament 
at Forest Hills with the United States Rubber Company as sponsor. 

It was announced that a second completely staffed and 
equipped mobile unit will be put into operation before the month 
ends to handle this augmented CBS television remote coverage. 



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problems invited by the rapidly expanding use of radio¬ 
telephone for communication with vehicles will be considered at the 
further hearing scheduled by the Federal Communications Commission 
for September 8 with respect to the service-allocation of frequencies 
for the General Mobile Service. It is expected that this session 
will also produce data looking to the promulgation of rules govern¬ 
ing users of the mobile services. 

Many economic problems enter into the establishment of 
mobile systems by independent users. For example, the present com¬ 
mitments of the taxicab industry alone are reported to approach 
$15,000,000. Adequate systems cost between $6,000 and $10,000. 

Many small business organizations which could, perhaps make good 
use of mobile radiocommunications have hesitated to go into experi¬ 
mental operation because of the cost and the uncertainty of being 
permitted to continue at the conclusion of the experimental period. 

Prospe ct of transition from the present experimental 
category to regular and permanent service involves economic as well 
as technical considerations. Consequently, the growing host of 
present and potential users, who represent many varied Interests, 
will be afforded an opportunity to voice their needs and desires. 

On the basis of this evidence and the number of frequencies avail¬ 
able for such service, the Commission will draw up rules and regula¬ 
tions to best meet the over-all demand. 

Wartime developments made extension of the radio spectrum 
possible, hence utilization of the very high frequencies for tele¬ 
phone communication with vehicles was considered at the Commissions *s 
frequency reallocation hearing in late 1944. Upon the basis of the 
evidence introduced, the Commission established a General Mobile 
Service, to be operated on an experimental basis pending opening it 
to regular service. 

The common carrier type of mobile radiotelephone service 
is expanding at a very rapid rate, with the urban service somewhat 
more in demand than the highway service. The rate of expansion is 
delayed only by the inability of manufacturers to furnish the neces¬ 
sary radio equipment as rapidly as required. Even so, common car¬ 
rier mobile service has been authorized in 58 cities in the United 
States, and also in Honolulu. It will be provided, for the most 
pert, by the Bell System and independent telephone companies. The 
telephone industry has authorizations for about 5,600 mobile units 
in the urban service. Its projected investment totals about 
$6,000,000. Thirty-seven licensees have been authorized to charge 
for this service. 

Common carrier highway service is proposed for 79 domestic 
cities, and two in Hawaii. Some 3,200 mobile units have been auth¬ 
orized in this category which, together with land stations, repre¬ 
sents an investment of $5,500,000. 

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The telephone companies propose service which will extend 
wire telephone communication to and from land, sea or air vehicles. 
Three types of common carrier service are in prospect : (1) Commun¬ 

ication between any regular telephone and any mobile unit, (2) 
special two-way dispatch service between a central office and speci¬ 
fied mobile units, and (3) a one-way signalling service to mobile 

In the case of urban common carrier systems, the method 
of operation is comparatively simple. The person at a regular tele¬ 
phone either dials or asks for the mobile service operator and gives 
her the call number of the vehicle. The operator dials the number, 
which actuates an audible or visual signal in the vehicle. The 
occupant of the vehicle picks up his dashboard telephone and the 
conversation starts. On his telephone handset is a "push-to-talk" 
button which permits him to switch from receiving to sending. 

Highway system operation is substantially the same, except 
that the mobile service operator may have control of more than one 
land transmitter. When the vehicle is beyond the range of the first 
transmitter, another transmitter is employed, and so on progressively 
until the desire vehicle is contacted. 



A recent report that the Palm Beach Post and Time s at 
West Palm Beach, ?la. , that the printing of radio programs as paid 
advertising now nets $7,000 a year has inspired the Newspaper Adver¬ 
tising Executives' Association to put a questionnaire out, one of 
the questions in which is: 

"What is your idea about providing a competitive media 
with free space for promotion?", followed by: "Would your publisher 
consider a charge if other papers made a charge?" 

Says Editor and Publishe r: 

"Some new rate cards coming to the attention of this 
department indicate newspapers are establishing a special bracket, 
with premium prices for all forms of copy mentioning a radio program. 

"It has been known for a long while that movie theatre 
owners in many cities have put pressure on newspapers to charge the 
amusement rate for copy announcing a radio program. The theaters 
have argued that Bob Hope and Bing Crosby nights, widely plugged in 
advertising, bring dips in box office revenue, 

"Le w Schwab, promotion manager of the Honolulu Advertiser , 
has just informed E. & P. of the change in policy on his paper, so 
the problem isn't confined to the Mainland. The Advertiser has 
begun to carry a consolidated program (for four stations) as paid 

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"’For 22 years*, Schwab wrote, ’the Advertiser had run the 
programs free as a matter of public Interest. There were two sta¬ 
tions here, one of them our own KGU. Then in the past six months 
two more stations were started in the city and a fifth was scheduled 
to begin operation May 1. 

”’It was decided for two reasons that the existing condi¬ 
tion must end. First, increased production costs and newsprint 
rationing plus the constant demai d for more free space, made it an 
economic burden. 

Second, the radio stations actively compete with the 
press for the business man’s advertising dollar and sound business 
practice makes it foolish to subsidize your competition. 

"’The radio stations’ main argument against their paying 
to run the programs was that 87$ of the newspapers in the country 
carried the programs free. 1 ” 

The Palm Beach paper advertising solicitors used the 
Continuing Study data which shows that radio programs get a 50$ 
readership score. 



Seven thousand employees of Sylvania Electric Products, 
Inc,, will receive wage increases equivalent to a total of 15 cents 
an hour under a contract announced this week by Don G. Mitchell, 
President of the company, and Albert J. Fitzgerald, President of the 
United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers, CIO. 

The agreement, which covers workers in eleven plants in 
New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and West Virginia, provides a 
basic pay rise of 11-g- cents an hour, six paid holidays, three weeks’ 
vacation after twenty years of service and other adjustments. 



"For many years a possible competitor to the long lines 
telephone cable or open wire has been on the horizon, Sosthenes Behn, 
President of the International Telephone & Telegraph Corp. states in 
his annual report. ,r It is the ultra short wave multi-channel radio 
link. Our Laboratories have pioneered in this field, having estab¬ 
lished multi-channel radio links between England and Ireland as 
early as 1931. More recently, our French Laboratories have supplied 
for experimental service a 12 channel FM telephone linke between 
Paris and Montmorency. Similarly a 9 channel PTM (pulse time modu¬ 
lation) system has been furnished for service in Holland across the 
River Schelde by our British Company. A 24 channel PTM system with 
repeaters has been installed for experimental service between our 
New York Laboratory and Trenton. ” 


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Labor relations problems of the radio industry were con¬ 
sidered in both prepared talks and during informal discussions at 
the Third Radio Manufacturers' Association Industrial Relations 
Seminar in New York last week. 

Edgar L. Warren, Director of the U. S. Conciliation 
Service expressed the opinion that “we are over the hump” in indus¬ 
trial disputes that have occurred since V-J Day and that both manage¬ 
ment and labor are sincerely trying to adjust their differences. 

Mr. Warren described in detail the functions and activi¬ 
ties of the revitalized Conciliation Service of the Department of 
Labor. He pointed out that conciliation differed from arbitration 
in that it is entirely without authority. Government conciliation 
should be resorted to, he said, only when negotiations between man¬ 
agement and labor break down. In answer to a question, Mr. Warren 
said he is opposed to compulsory conciliation but would favor com¬ 
pulsory notification of local, State or Federal Government agencies 
before labor disputes result in strikes. 

Between 1930 and 1946 employees covered by labor contracts 
increased from three to three and a half million to between 14 and 
15 million, he said, and there are now over 50,000 contracts in 

Chairman Glenn W. Thompson, President of Noblitt-Sparks 
Industries, Inc., Columbus, Ind., announced that the RMA Industrial 
Relations Committee before the next seminar will poll RMA members 
for suggestions as to topics to be discussed at the next conference. 

Richard C. Smyth, industrial relations director of Bendix 
Radio Division, Baltimore, Md. , who is Chairman of the subcommittee 
on seminars, will conduct the poll which also will ask for sugges¬ 
tions as to the timing and location of the seminars and other aspects 
in order to cover topics of particular interest to the radio industry. 

Experts on Government conciliation, wage incentives, the 
selection and training of personnel, the conference method of 
management, and other aspects of labor relations spoke during the 
two-day session last week. Informal discussions, with questions 
and answers, followed each talk. 


Daylight saving time went into effect in Washington, D.C. 
last Sunday, quickly followed by Alexandria, Va. , Just across the 
river. . Nearby Fairfax County, Va. remained the sole holdout against 
fast time in the Washington metropolitan area. The other counties, 
Arlington in Virginia, and Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties 

In Maryland, all decided to join the National Ceoital in advancing 
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Feather-Bedding Crows; Causes Enormous Loss, Higher Prices 

( ’’New York Times") 

One of the chief obstacles to full production by American 
industry is feather-bedding, the practice by which labor limits its 
own output. Originally confined to the craft unions, a survey made 
by this newspaper shows that it is now spreading through the mass 

Mr. petrillo's Musicians Union and the Stage Hands are 
notorious exponents of feather-bedding and uneraned wage exactions. 

Recently a few craft unions have shown a tendency to relax 
some of their harsher feather-bedding rules, at the same time, how¬ 
ever, encouraging wider abuses of payroll padding through overtime. 
But in the mass Industries feather-bedding rules, at the same time, 
is growing. There can be no doubt that its prevalence results in 
enormous loss, high unit costs and higher prices. 

Gives Adv e rtiser Full Credit For All U. S. Radio Progr ams 
(Niles Trammell, President of the National 

Broadcasting Company, in "Radio Age") 

In the United States, all radio programs - whether called 
"commercial" and sponsored directly, or called "sustaining" and spon¬ 
sored by the broadcaster - are made possible by advertising. 

In other countries, where the radio system is a state 
monopoly, the listener has to pay for his listening. In America, he 
gets more news, information and entertainment than anywhere else, 
and is thanked for his listening. 

In the United States, radio advertising not only pays for 
the performances on the air, but the sharp competition between our 
many stations, networks and advertisers is responsible for the best 
and most reliable news information and the highest artistic perform¬ 
ance. This is all the more important since the radio reaches by far 
the largest audience of any communications medium. 

Neither Had Either 
(Leonard Lyons in "Washington Post" 

William Harris, the Fortune editor, dined at the home of 
David Sarnoff recently. A discussion arose about an article in 
Fortune. "We can settle it easily", Harris suggested. "Let's take 
a look at the magazine. " Host Sarnoff apologetically confessed that 
he does not subscribe to Fortune, and that there wasn't a single 
copy of the magazine in his house. . . Some time later, Sarnoff din¬ 
ed at Harris 1 home. At 11 P.M. Sarnoff told the host: "I must lis¬ 
ten to the 11 o'clock news program. In which room is there a radio?" 
Mr. Harris told the head of RCA: "Sorry, but there isn't a single 
radio in this house. " 

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FM Moves T o Main St reet 

? rt Pathfinder"7"~ 

America has a new frontier. Pioneers are expanding it. 
Engineers are developing it. And small town and rural America will 
be the first to benefit by it. 

Admittedly, this sound incredible. Remember back in the 
lush days of the New Deal when the professors announced the U.S. 
had grown up; that it had what they called "a mature economy”, and 
there would be no more frontiers? 

The professors were wrong. They could not foresee FM. FM 
radio was just being born then in the shadow of Columbia University, 

Today it is revolutionizing radio. It is to standard 
broadcasting what the Lincoln car is to the old Model T. 

Whitemans Disk Jockey Hour Seen Crossing £2,500,000 

(^Variety '*) 

The Disk Jockey Sweepstakes moves into high gear, with 
Paul Whiteman teeing off June 30 in the first coast-to-coast network 
platter-spinning semester. The ABC network’s to-minute cross-the- 
board Whiteman daytime show officially came out from under wraps 
last week with the National Biscuit Co. inked as a quarter-hour 
bankroller and with prospects bright for a solid sellout, it adds 
up to a £2,300,000 tirae-and-talent package,. 

Biscuit company, which went for a 165-station airing of 
its 15-minute segment at a 52-week cost of $766,000 via the McCann- 
Erickson agency, was reported mulling advisability of taking on an 
additional quarter hour. Net execs., meantime, said four prospect¬ 
ive sponsors, were at the brass-tacks talk stage. Outfits interest¬ 
ed were said to include Borden’s, Heinz and Colgate. 

Advises Clergymen To Hear His Own Voice - And Sermon 

(’’London Calling"! - 

Many people who have heard their own recorded voices with 
horror will sympathise with this recent letter written by a glergyman 
to a London newspaper: 

"I have recently had the experience of having a part of a 
sermon recorded by the BBC. This gave me the opportunity of hearing 
the voice that my congregation hears Sunday by Sunday. I would 
never have recognized it as my own. All sorts of queer solecisms 
and odd pronunciations fell upon my astonished ears, and the exper¬ 
ience was both interesting and humiliating. I shall do my best to 
correct the more obvious faults. 

"Would it not be an excellent thing for every clergyman to 
hear one of his own sermons?” 


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Carl J. Burkland, WT0P-C3S General Manager, has been elect 
ed to a three-year terra on the Board of Directors of the Washington, 
D. C. Board of Trade. 

Having to do with the allocation of frequencies of non¬ 
governmental services from 10 to 30,000 kilocycles, the Federal 
Communications Commission has set September 8 for a further hearing 
to determine the issues relating to the establishment, on a regular 
basis of the proposed type of service falling within the General 
Mobile Service classification. 

Westinghouse Electric Company introduced this week a new 
antenna for its frequency modulation radios which it says will great 
ly improve performance of 75 per cent of the sets to which it is 

Aircraft Radio Corporation - Pbr 1946: Net loss, $134,158, 
contrasted with net profit in 1945 of $180,182; sales $2,873,334, 
declined from $11,091,440. 

Directors of International Detrola Corporation Monday 
declared the Company* s twenty-second cash dividend on common stock, 
a payment of twenty-five cents per share, to be paid on May 31 to 
shareholders of record at the dost of business on May 16, 1947. 

The most recent previous payment was a quarterly dividend 
of twenty-five cents on August 1, 1 946. A total of approximately 
1,222,000 shares are outstanding. 

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered that 
effective June 15 its rules and regulations governing railroad radio 
services be amended to read: 

"The frequency or frequencies Immediately available for 
assignment to any particular area or railroad may be ascertained by 
communicating with the Secretary of the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission, Washington 25, D. C." 

"Television Technique", a book by Hayland Bettinger, for¬ 
merly General Manager of the General Electric television station 
WRG3 at Schenectady, will be on sale next week. Its publishers are 
Harper & Brothers, New York. Price $5.00. 

A method of producing sound enhancement for audio-fre¬ 
quency wave production, designed for the better provision of sound 
effects in a room, particularly in the case of symphonic orchestral 
music, church choirs and the like, has just been patented (No. 
2,420,204) by Chester M. Sinnett of Westmont, N.J., and assigned 
to the Radio Corporation of America. 

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A hearing and oral argument on the proposed changes de¬ 
signed to revise the existing frequency service - allocations to 
make available the entire 960 to 1600 me band for the aeronautical 
navigational service has been set by the Federal Communications 
Commission for Monday, May 26. 

Magna vox Company - Year to Feb. 28: Net earnings, $2,150,- 
998, equal to 04.30 each on 500,000 capital shares, compared with 
earnings of $1.03 each on 416,770 shares in preceding fiscal year; 
sales S24,013,812, against $16,801,545. 

Six major Philadelphia stations have organized a central 
cooperative log-listing service to furnish a free daily mat of their 
programs to dailies in their listening area. 

The cooperative is called the Philadelphia Broadcasters 
Listing Service. The mats are sent to 35 dailies within a 60-mile 
radius of Philadelphia with cost defrayed by the stations. 

Roy E. DeLay, Manager of Federal Electric Manufacturing 
Company, Ltd. , of Montreal, the Canadian affiliate of International 
Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, has been elected a Vice-Presi¬ 
dent and Director of the Canadian company. 

Mr. DeLay, a native of Indiana, who was named Manager of 
Federal Electric Manufacturing Company shortly after its organiza¬ 
tion a year ago, was formerly with the affiliated Federal Telephone 
and Radio Corporation. 

Philip G. Caldwell has been appointed Manager of Sales of 
the General Electric Transmitter Division at Syracuse, N.Y. 

Fbrmerly Sales Manager of the Television equipment for 
the Division, Mr. Caldwell, a native of California, has been with 
G. E. since 1932. 

The application of VHF (very high frequency) radio to cars 
and trucks has been developed by Federal Telephone and. Radio Corpor¬ 
ation to the point where complete systems are now available for 
private networks and development has progressed on extension of this 
service to public telephone networks. 

The WOL-Mutual News Bureau has offered the State Department 
the recorded press conference in which Congressman John Taber, Chair¬ 
man of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, excoriated the 
Voice of America broadcasts. The Taber press conference was wire- 
recorded and excerpts broadcast Tuesday, May 13th on Albert L. 

Warner*s newscasts and was immediately offered the State Department 
for use on its short-wave broadcasts overseas. 

Sweden is reported to have the largest number of receiving 
sets in operation in relation to population of any country in Europe. 
The pooulation at the end of 1945 was 6,673,956, and the number of 
licenses, 1,839,911. 


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2400 California Street, N. W. Washington 8, D. C. 

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Television Seen As A Billion Dollar Industry Before I960,......... 1 

Experimental Subminiature Sets For Citizens Radio Service.3 

WBBM Cited By Gen. Bradley For Helpful Hospital Service..4 

Higher Overseas Telegraph Tolls Urged; Full Rate For Govt.........5 

Gen, David Sarnoff To Speak At Radio Manufacturers’ Dinner.6 

AM Goes West’ Texas And California Lead .... ......6 

WOL Head Still Unchosen; Tam Craven Continues Temporarily...6 

’’Voice Of America” Amid Furore Evidently Staging Comeback.....7 

WFMR Sets FM Live-Program Record; Build Applause Meter..9 

Bill To Ban Congressmen’s Radio Licenses Would Hit Several.......10 

Clear Channel Hearings Postponed Until July 7.....11 

”An ABC Of The FCC” - Gillingham Gives All The Answers.11 

NAB-ASCAP Negotiations Reported Going Along Smoothly..12 

Republicans Might Have Hand In Naming New FCC Chairman..,..12 

Philco Elevates Gillies, V-P In Charge Of Radio. ...12 

Scissors And Paste.... .....13 

Trade Notes.. .15 

No. 1775 

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May 21, 1947 


'‘Television has been labeled ’a $50,000,000 if. ' That is 
the amount estimated to have been spent in preliminary research and 
development prior to 1947. My purpose now is to show why and how 
the ’if 1 will be removed, when a new radio service, which holds pro¬ 
mise of becoming a billion-dollar industry, starts growing on the 
$50,000,000 foundation laid by the pioneers. Aside from manufactur¬ 
ing, it is estimated that television, supported by advertising, will 
be a billion dollar annual broadcasting operation before 1960." 

Thus Orrin E. Dunlap, who has probably written more about 
radio and television than anyone in this country, prefaces his new¬ 
est book, "The Future of Television" Just published by Harper & 
Brothers, New York (price $3). 

Mr. Dunlap continues: 

"perplexed, and pointing to the aerial rods atop poles 
far up on a lofty hill, a representative of the radio industry said: 
'There, you see, we have built a television station. Now tell us 
what to do with it.' Where are we to get an audience? Where can we 
get programs? How can we make the thing pay? How can we best serve 
the public? And the whole darn thing may be out-of-date before we 
can find the answers and really get started.' " 

"It is no one-man job. Television is the greatest of jig¬ 
saw puzzles. Brains, money and hands, abetted by scientific magic 
and showmanship, are required to scatter a motion picture in the sky, 
unreel it as an invisible movie over city, town and farm, and then 
pick the ethereal pieces from the air and reassemble them as a true 
reproduction of the original.' And all this is done quicker than it 
takes to say 'Jack Robinson,' To think of blanketing the United 
States with such a talking picture staggers the imagination and 
challenges the ingenuity of electronic research and radio engineer¬ 
ing. » 

"Are the movie playhouses to become vacant places? What 
is to happen to the 1,000 broadcasting stations and 56,000,000 
radios? Are they to become silent within a decade? Must a man 
have a telegenic personality to be elected President? What sort of 
faces and features, colors and objects televise to perfection? Are 
male announcers to pass with the sound age, and beautiful girls to 
replace them, or will Beau Brummell have a chance? If Hollywood 
needs all the acres it has overspread, then how can television be 
penned in and cooped up in such enclosures as that concrete and 
steel acropolis known as Radio City, where the NBC television studios 
are located on Manhattan Island, or in the Grand Central Terminal, 
the studio location of CBS television?" 

The author endeavors to give the answers to these perplex¬ 
ing questions. 


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Discussing various phases of the television situation the 
author says: 

"Once considered as a baffling problem, the linking of 
television stations in a transcontinental network today - either 
by wire or radio - because of scientific developments, may be viewed 
optimistically. Engineers are attacking the network television prob¬ 
lem from three angles: by radio relay stations, by adapting tele¬ 
phone wires to carry television, or by use of the coaxial cable. 11 

"Marconi made a whispering gallery of the heavens. Tele¬ 
vision turns the world into a Hall of Mirrors." 

"'It's wonderful.' 1 exclaimed an old-timer in radio as he 
looked in on the Fair from Radio City. Inspired by the performance 
he thoughtfully looked at his wrist watch and ventured to predict, 
'I'll bet the day will come when we will have television sets in a 
wrist-watch case, and we'll see the pictures as conveniently as we 
now get the time]' " 

"Now suppose back in 1920, at the advent of broadcasting, 
someone had warned: 'If 700,000 persons spend $300 apiece to equip 
their homes with radios, it will require a total expenditure of 
•9210,000,000. To serve that many persons several hundred broadcast¬ 
ing stations will have to be provided, at a cost of, say, $40,000,000, 
and another $40,000,000 ^vill have to be spent to develop a network. 

On top of that it will take $50,000,000 annually for costs of trans¬ 
mitter operation and depreciation.' 

"Where would Radio City be today if someone had stopped to 
figure it all out like that for radio? Would there be more than 
1,000 broadcasting stations and 56,000,000 receiving sets in homes 
and automobiles throughout the United States? In fact, 85^ of the 
nation's families now own radio sets. And it is interesting to note 
that there are 13,500,000 more homes with radios than with tele¬ 
phones; 7,500,000 more homes with radios than automobiles; and 
radios in American homes exceed bathtubs by more than 5,800,000, 
according to statistics presented by the National Association of 
Broadcasters. It might also be added that in 1941 radio's pay roll 
in the broadcasting and manufacturing fields was in excess of 
$579,000,000. » 

Mr. Dunlap's newest book is dedicated to the late Walter 
M. Keenan, former Assistant to the City Editor of the New York Times 
of which paper the author was radio editor from 1922-40. Mr. Dunlap 
is now on the executive staff of the Radio Corporation of America. 


David Sarnoff, President of the RCA, presided at the 
annual dinner of the Welfare Council of New York City last week 
where it was announced that John D. Rockefeller, Jr. had received 
the Council's annual award for distinguished service to the commun¬ 
ity. The citation named Mr. Rockefeller's gift of the East River 
site for the United Nations headquarters as an immediate factor in 
the presentation of the award. 


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Diminutive radio transmitters and receivers built in the 
National Bureau of Standards in Washington as possible models for 
the new and as yet undeveloped Citizens Radio Service (communication 
between individuals) have shown performance qualities comparable to 
equipment built along conventional lines, as well as remarkable 
miniaturization and ruggedness* 

The printing of electronic circuits is one of the import¬ 
ant new technics to evolve from research and development during the 
war. The practicability of the printing technic was first demon¬ 
strated in a program carried on by the Bureau of Standards leading 
to the development of a tiny generator-powered radio proximity fuze. 
Since the war the art has advanced to the point where complete cir¬ 
cuits may now be printed not only on flat surfaces but on cylinders 
surrounding a radio tube or on the tube envelope itself. 

Illustrations in a comprehensive article on the subject 
of subminiature sets in the May issue of the Standards Bureau Techni- 
cal News Bulletin (No. 3, Vol, 5) show a number of radio transmitters 
and receivers produced by the printed circuit technic. Designed to 
operate in one of the Government bands - 132 to 144 megacycles - 
these examples illustrate only a few of the wide number of variations 
possible in printing circuits. Several types of miniature micro¬ 
phones, speakers, and batteries are available as suitable components 
to complete the operating units. The units also operate satisfactor¬ 
ily with standard-size microphones or speakers. In two instances 
the subminiature transmitters were used to broadcast on national 
radio networks with e xcellent results. 

To reduce limitations to a minimum and "to make possible 
the fullest practicable development of private radio-communications 
within the limits set by other demands for assignments in the 
spectrum", the Federal Communications Commission has allocated the 
bend from 4 60 to 470 megacycles to the "Citizens Radio Communica¬ 
tion Service." The bands above and below 4 60 to 470 megacycles 
are assigned to other uses. Although no definite statement regarding 
the opening of this service has yet been issued by the Commission, 
it is expected that a public announcement will be made setting forth 
the conditions under which licenses may be obtained. 

Although the units described operate in the 140-megacycle 
range, the subminiature tubes operate effectively at higher frequen¬ 
cies. Tuning of the transmitter and receiver may be accomolished in 
the usual way. 

According to the Federal Communications Commission, the 
new uses of the Citizens Radio Communications Service are as "broad 
as the imagination of the public and the ingenuity of equipment the 
manufacturers can devise." Personal radio telephones could be valu¬ 
able in many applications - for example, in factory and store inven¬ 
tories, on farms, and by surveyors, hunters, and explorers. In 
addition there are numerous applications in crime detection and 



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traffic regulation, in limited ship-to-shore communication, and in 
emergencies such as forced landings or isolating floods. 

Logical auxiliary components for a portable unit would 
be a set of small hearing-aid batteries and a miniature crystal speak¬ 
er or hearing-aid type of earphone. If the combination is to be us¬ 
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batteries, microphone and speaker, may easily be slipped into a pack¬ 
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batteries in flashlight manner, reserve battery capacity is usually 

Subrainiature tubes will deliver 50 milliwatts of power or 
more to an antenna. With half-wave dipole transmitting and receiv¬ 
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assumptions involved in computation of the 10-mile distance are 
hardly realized in practice, particularly if antennas of convenient 
size and shape are used. For a personal radiotelephone (or trans¬ 
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used at all. Coupling to and radiation from the antenna will un¬ 
avoidably be far from optimum. If used in a building or on a street, 
absorption and reflection from the walls of the buildings takes 
place. These and other factors make the distance of operation a 
matter which must be determined experimentally. 

The personal radiotelephones have been used successfully 
in various tests at the 3ureau. Excellent communication was obtain¬ 
ed with a standard transceiver located in one room of a modern, four- 
story laboratory, and a subminiature transmitter operated from all 
other parts of the laboratory as well as from the grounds 1/2 mile 
away. Clear reception was also possible with the transmitter locat¬ 
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from the transceiver even though many buildings prevented a clear 
line-of-sight transmission. A light antenna consisting of a thin 
rigid wire 18 inches long was employed in these tests. 



W53M, Chicago, in charge of Les Atlass, CBS Vice-President, 
won new laurels when the station was cited for "outstanding service" 
May 12th, National Hospital Day, by Gen. Omar Bradley of the Veterans 
Administration in a special broadcast from Downey Hospital, Downey, 

Presentation was made in recognition of work done by 
WBBM’s Dept, of Education in arranging midwestern speakers for 
"Assignment Home,"CBS program, and distributing more than 50,000 
Veterans Benefit guides. 


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An interesting angle of the hearing now in progress before 
the Federal Communications Commission (Docket No. 8230) having to do 
with the present financial condition of the international carriers 
and the necessity for an increase in the rates on international mes¬ 
sages is the question of whether or not the United States Government 
should pay the full commercial rate on its messages. 

Senators White and McFarland introduced a month or two ago 
a bill (s. 816) which would, in effect, repeal the provisions of the 
Post Roads Act of 1866, which gave the Postmaster General the right 
to set the rates on Government telegrams; upon the creation of the 
Federal Communications Commission in 1934, this right was transferred 
to the FCC. In recent years the FCC has raised the rate on Govern¬ 
ment domestic telegrams from 40$ of the commercial rate to 60$ and 
then to 80$. S. 816 would raise the rate to 100$ of the commercial 
rate, just as the Government pays full commercial rate on telephone 

At the beginning of the hearing on Docket No. 8230, James 
A. Kennedy, Attorney for the American Cable and Radio Corporation, 
pointed out that the bill S. 816 as now worded would apply to inter¬ 
national messages as well as to domestic messages, and said that he 
thought it was quite proper that it should do so. 

During the cross examination of Mr. W. H. Barsby, Vice- 
President of RCA Communications, Inc., this question arose again and 
Mr. Barsby stated that in his opinion, the Post Roads Act did not 
apply to international messages and referred to a decision of the 
Attorney General along about 1872 to that effect. 

According to the testimony of the international carriers, 
all except two of them are operating in the red, and those two are 
in the black only because of their operations in foreign countries. 
Therefore it seemed only right and proper to them that the United 
States Government should no longer be accorded rates which in most 
cases are only half the commercial rates. 

It was pointed out that many of these reduced rates result¬ 
ed from the provisions of Cable Landing Licenses or were reciprocal 
arrangements resulting from the fact that many foreign governments 
are also entitled to half rates. The British indicated at the 
Bermuda Telecommunications Conference held in the Fall of 1945 that 
they were willing to give serious consideration to the elimination 
of the special British Government rates. The carriers have argues 
that as these special foreign Government rates are eliminated by 
negotiation with the foreign administrations concerned, the FCC 
could in each case then authorize increasing the United States 
Government rate to the level of the commercial rate and these in¬ 
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Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, President of the Radio Corpora¬ 
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address what is expected to be the largest gathering of radio manu¬ 
facturers since the war at the RMA Industry Banquet, Thursday, June 

12th in Chicago. Previously he had thought a scheduled European 
trip might prevent his being in Chicago at the time. 

Charles R. Denny, Chairman of the Federal Communications 
Commission, is scheduled to address the membership luncheon on the 
same day, and the two addresses will climax the'three-day RMA Annual 
Convention, June 10-12. 



Few realize that two States West of the Mississippi now top 
AM (Standard Broadcast) activity. They are Texas and California, in 
the order named. Not only are they the only States to have more than 
100 standard broadcast stations each, but they also lead all others 
in applying for AM facilities. California has nearly 100 applica¬ 
tions; Texas almost 90. 

In number of licensed or authorized AM stations, Pennsyl¬ 
vania, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Florida, Michi¬ 
gan, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Wisconsin and Washington follow in 
that order. As for applications, North Carolina has nearly as many 
on tap as New York or Pennsylvania. Vermont and Delaware are at the 
bottom of the AM list in number of authorizations. 

Stations authorized or applied for West of the Mississippi 
number more than a thousand, which is only about 500 less than the 
figure for the East. The three Pacific States alone have more than 
300 licensees, permittees and applicants. Stations in the South now 
exceed 1,000. 

Puerto Rico has nearly twice as many authorizations and 
applications as Hawaii and Alaska combined. 



As yet no one has been named to succeed Merle S. Jones, 
Vice-president of the Cowles Broadcasting Company, and General 
Manager of Station WOL in Washington, who resigned last week. In 
the meantime Commander T.A.M, Craven, formerly FCC Commissioner, now 
technical advisor and head of all the Cowles stations, WOL, WHOM, 

New York; KRNT, Des Moines, Iowa, and WNAX, Yankton, S. D. is serv¬ 
ing as Acting Manager of the Vfashington station in addition to his 
other duties. 

It was said that it might take some time to select a 
successor to Mr. Jones, who has served as General Manager since 1944 
as the field would be gone over carefully. Mr. Jones as yet has 
made no further announcement with regard to his plans. 


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Causing the biggest ferment in Congress of anything that 
has taken place in years, the "Voice of America" whose future appro¬ 
priations were completely wiped out in a State Department budget 
slash, apparently has a chance of surviving to a limited degree at 
least through the tremendous support given to the bill introduced by 
Representative Karl Mundt (r), of South Dakota. 

David Samoff, who has been a vigorous supporter of the 
"Voice of America", revived his olea with a three column (as re¬ 
printed in the New York Times , Friday, May 16) memo to Secretary of 
State Marshall embodying a letter which he sent to Secretary of State 
Cordell Hull in 1943. The gist of this was that private industry 
cannot be expected to supply the necessary service as before the war 
the total income from all international broadcasting was only 
§ 200 , 000 . 

"It is inconceivable", General Samoff concluded, "that 
the international voice of the United States should be silent or 
remain weak in the post-war world that will be struggling compet¬ 
itively both in commerce and ideologies." 

In contrast to critical views voiced before Congressional 
committees, the Radio Advisory Committee of the State Department in 
a report recommended expansion of the "Voice of America", as well as 
the entire cultural relations program, to avoid a "serious setback" 
in our relations with the rest of the world. 

The Committee consists of the following publishers, edu¬ 
cators and radio network officials: 

Mark Ethridge, publisher of The Louisville Courier-Journal 
and past president of the National Association of Broadcasters; 
Gardner Cowles, Jr., publisher of The Des Moines Register and Trib¬ 
une; Roy E. Larsen, President of Time, Inc.; Prof. Harold Lasswell 
of the Yale Law School; Don Erancisco, Vice-President and Director 
of the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency; Sterling Fisher, Assis¬ 
tant public service counselor of the National Broadcasting Company; 
the Rev. Robert I. Gannon, president of Fordham University, and 
Edward R. Morrow, Vice-president of the Columbia Broadcasting System. 

The Committee proposed that apublic corporation be set up 
to handle the "Voice of America" and urged more, rather than less, 
money to do the Job. 

The Committee noted the present cost of the Government’s 
international broadcasting program was about eight million dollars 
a year - half the amount Great Britain spends. It said General 
Sarnoff had estimated an operating budget of 20 million dollars a 
year would be needed to run the proposed public radio corporation. 

"Surely", it said, "such a sum would be small, in this 
time of international tension, compared to the importance of making 

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America’s voice heard before misunderstanding had developed rather 
than after misunderstanding deepened into conflict. " 

Representative James P. Richards (D), of South Carolina, 
had reprinted in the Congressional Record (May 14, Page A2418), the 
original criticism of E. F. McDonald, Jr., President of the Zenith 
Radio Corporation. 

The proposal of General Sarnoff to Secretary of State 
Marshall urging the establishment of a "Voice of America” broad¬ 
casting corporation to be owned jointly by government and private 
industry was attacked by Frank ?. Schreiber, General Manager of 
Station WGN, Chicago. 

Mr. Schreiber asserted that Sarnoff is not qualified to 
set himself up as a spokesman for the radio industry. 

"Before any Congressional action is taken on Sarnoff’s 
scheme to get the Government further into the radio field, the ent¬ 
ire radio industry ought to be polled to get its reaction. 

"The National Broadcasting Company (owned by RCA) is in no 
sense the ’national 1 network. It has 160 owned and affiliated sta¬ 
tions, while Mutual (which has WGN as the key midwestern station) 
has 429, all individually owned and directed, and not managed from 
New York. Mutual is more representative of the American way of 
broadcasting, and I should like to know what the response of all 
these stations would be to the Sarnoff proposal." 

Mr. Schreiber recalled that last week he was visited by 
Lloyd Dumas, head of extensive radio and press interests in Adelaide, 
Australia. Mr. Duma s told Schreiber that in Australia, which has 
both government and privately owned stations, listener surveys re¬ 
peatedly show that only 15 per cent of the listening is to official 
stations and 85 per cent to those in private hands, even though the 
best frequencies and highest power are held by the Government sta¬ 

Mr. Schreiber said that if the joint broadcasting corpor¬ 
ation proposed by Sarnoff were set up, the Government would control 
it Just as tightly as the 3ritish Government controls the British 
Broadcasting Corporation. 

"The present short wave broadcasts of the State Department 
do not reflect the real voice of America", Mr, Schreiber concluded. 

A further gain for the new "Voice of America" bill intro¬ 
duced by Representative Mundt was the House Foreign Affairs Committee 
of which Mr. Mundt is Chairman unanimously approving its passage. 

This followed an endorsement of the bill by Gen. Dwight D. Eisen- 
howe r. 

The full Foreign Affairs Committee will consider the bill 
today (Wed. , May 21) with the hope of speedy House action next week 
so it can become law before the end of this fiscal year. 


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The House denied funds for continuation of the State 
Departments "Voice of America" because its Appropriations Committee 
ruled there was no legislation authorizing the program. 

Representative Mundt said he would ash a rule permitting 
swift action on the bill so the Senate would have time to act before 
the current appropriation expires and the present program has to be 
droppe d. 

The measure reported Tuesday would authorize the State 
Department to establish an "Office of Information and Educational 
Exchange" to disseminate public information abroad about the United 
States, its people, and the principles and objectives of its govern¬ 

The subcommittee adopted an amendment providing that 
"insofar as possible" the State Department would use private agen¬ 
cies in carrying out its informational program. 



FM Station WFMR in New Bedford, Massachusetts, believes it 
has made some sort of record for live talent programs on FM. During 
the past week WFMR broadcast over 1,500 live performers and over 50 
soloists. The occasion was New Bedford’s celebration of National 
Music Week during which almost all the city’s music organizations, 
amateur and professional, were heard. The entire celebration, total¬ 
ing twenty-one and one-quarter hours was broadcast by WFMR, 

WFMR engineers built a special applause meter which was 
used by the Music Week Committee to determine which type of music 
was most popular and should be featured in future Music Week cele¬ 
brations. Readings showed that choral and vocal selections, 
especially fancy arrangements of old favorites, are by far preferred 
by New Bedfordites. 

The New Bedford Music Week celebration is sponsored by 
the New Bedford Standard-Times, newspaper affiliate of WFMR and AM 
stations WNBH and W0C3. The Week brings the city's musical organ¬ 
izations to the largest available auditorium where admission is free. 
Auditorium seating capacity was reached every night long before pro¬ 
gram starting time. On one night 3,000 people were turned away from 
the doors. Four professional dance bands were heard during the week 
through the cooperation of Local 314 of the AFM. 

The program was M-C*d by WNBH’s Tom Wertenbaker and WFMR's 
Ed Merritt and directed by WFMR Manager William R. Hutchins, 


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Senator McCarthy (r), of Wisconsin, threw a smalL-sized 
bombshell in the hopper Monday by introducing a bill which would 
prohibit members of Congress or their wives from holding radio sta¬ 
tion licenses. 

Senator McCarthy said: 

"I believe it is wrong for members of Congress, who have 
dealing with the Federal Communications Commission and over whose 
appropriations they have absolute control, to obtain or seek to 
obtain radio station licenses, 

•’Such a member of Congress would have a tremendous advan¬ 
tage over John Q. Public in applying for a license from the FCC. n 

One of the first Congressmen to be heard from was Repre¬ 
sentative Alvin E. O'Konski ( r) , from Senator McCarthy’s own State of 

Mr. O’Konski declared that it is "honorable and legal” for 
a member of Congress to apply for a license. 

Senator McCarthy later remarked that he didn’t know Repre¬ 
sentative O’Konski had a petition of file, but added: M If I had 
known, it would not have had any effect on my introducing the bill." 

His till, Mr. McCarthy asserted, is "not directed at Mr. 
O'Konski or any other specific individual. 

A Senator who along with Ohio associates, has applied for 
a station in Columbus, Ohio, is no other than John W. Bricker, 1944 
Republican candidate for vice-president. He declared he saw no 
harm in his action. 

"I think a man in public life has a right to engage in any 
legitimate business", he stoutly declared. 

He added that it would be Just as reasonable to bar a 
Congressman from farming or any other enterprise. Mr. McCarthy’s 
action, he said, will not halt his plans to press for action by the 

Among those who would be hit if the McCarthy bill became a 
law would be: 

Senator Robert A. Taft (R), of Ohio, whose family owns the 
Cincinnati Times-Star, which in turn owns WKRC and its FM affiliate 
in Cincinnate. 

Senator .Arthur Capper (R), of Kansas, who owns an inter¬ 
est in WI3W, Topeka, and KCKN, Kansas City, Kans. 

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Representative Howard Ellsworth (R), of Oregon, who owns 
KRNR at Rose burg, Oregon. 

Senator William F. Knowland (R), of California, whose 
family owns the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune which in turn owns KLX at 

Former Senator Robert M. LaFollette of Wisconsin, whom 
Senator McCarthy defeated last November by a narrow margin, has an 
interest in two Wisconsin stations, WEMP, Milwaukee, and WI3A, 



Acting upon a petition from the Clear Channel Broadcasting 
Service, the Federal Communications Commission has advanced the date 
of the clear channel hearings in Washington from June 2 to Monday, 
July 7th. The Broadcasting Service had asked that the sessions be 
postponed until Fh.ll, and the FCC compromised by putting the date 
forward a month. There seems to be a possibility that further con¬ 
cessions may be made later. 

The FCC is desirous of finishing up the clear channel 
hearings in time for the NAR3A technical conference at Havana sched¬ 
uled for November 1st. If the Havana da.te is changed, it is pos¬ 
sible the July 7 hearings may be advanced. The Commission at one 
time was reported to be ready to 0. K. power over 50 KW to some of 
the clear channel stations in the Rocky Mountain area but not to go 
along with a blanket boost to all the clears. 

The question of daytime sky-wave, which is not recognized 
under FCC f s present rules and standards, has been one of the main 
grounds on which clear channel stations have fought the licensing of 
daytime outlets on their frequencies. They have persistently argued 
that they receive daytime skywave interference from daytime dear- 
channel grants, and CC3S petitioned earlier for a year’s investiga¬ 
tion of the subject. 



"An ABC of the FCC" believed to be the anonymous work of 
Col. George Gillingham, soldier and literateur and head of the 
Press Section of the Federal Communication Commission, has now been 
Issued in printed form. It is without doubt the most informative 
and certainly the briefest publication the FCC has ever put out and 
is recommended as a refresher course even to those in the broadcast¬ 
ing industry who are already well informed on the subject. 

According to the FCC "ABC",it was estimated in late 1946 
that there were more than 60,000,000 radio sets in the United States. 


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The Joint committees representing the American Society 
of Composers, Authors and publishers and the National Association 
of Broadcasters, which met in New York last week to consider the 
reports of three sub-committees which have been at work for the past 
two months on matters incident to the relations of the Society and 
the industry, apparently were optimistic with regard to renewing the 
NAB-ASCA?contract which expires in 1949. 

Both President Deems Taylor of AS CAP and Judge Justin 
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Television was also brought up at the New York meeting but 
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If there is anything in the rumor that FCC Chairman Charles 
R. Denny is to retire and enter law practice in the Fall, it might 
mean that Republicans may have something to say about his successor. 
Already they are showing an interest in the reappointment of Commis¬ 
sioner Ray C. Wakefield whose term expires June 30th. 

It is well known that Commissioner E. K. Jett would not 
want the chairmanship and very likely the new Commissioner Commodore 
E. M. Websters would not. So either in a successor to Wakefield, 
a Republican, if he is not to be continued on account of his alleged 
poor party voting record, or the man who would succeed Denny if the 
latter goes out, the President would be very apt to consult the 
Republicans to assure a Senate confirmation. In that way the Rep¬ 
ublicans might easily have a hand in naming a new FCC head. 



At their annual meeting in Philadelphia last week, philco 
stockholders elected Joseph H. Gillies, Vice-President in Charge of 
Radio Production, and Robert F. Herr, Vice-President in Charge of 
the Company*s Service Division, to the Board of Directors and re¬ 
elected the fifteen present Directors to serve for the ensuing year. 

In addition, approval was given to an amendment to the 
articles of incorporation of the Company which cancelled and extin¬ 
guished the 620,057 shares of B stock that were outstanding and own¬ 
ed by the Corporation. With this action, the outstanding capital 
stock of Philco Corooration consists of 100,000 shares of 3-3/4;# 
Series A Preferred Stock and 1,375,143 shares of Common Stock. 


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Fulton Lewis Now In £>6.000 Class: Ma ke s Fault Finding Pav 

("Look Magazine"T~ 

Fulton Lewis, Jr* has risen to the top of radio as the 
most dogged fault-finder in the history of the broadcasting busi¬ 
ness. He has conveyed to a large part of the country the impression 
that Washington is an unending scene of riotous confusion and pol¬ 
itical debauchery. 

This habit of the Washington radio commentator made him 
seem a wong-doer up until November 5, 1946, Election Day. It was 
then discovered that a majority of the voters appeared to share 
Fulton*s views. 

Lewis will earn at the rate of $6,000 per week from radio 
alone in 1 947. If he continues lecturing, another $20,000 will be 
added. * * * 

Lewis is not an employee of a broadcasting chain. Nor of 
any big sponsor. He's an independent operator who led in the devel¬ 
opment of co-operative sponsorship. When last counted, Lewis had 
278 sponsors. His program which originates in Washington, from WOL- 
Mutual, goes out over 337 stations, 90 of them carrying him on a 
sustaining basis. He is so popular in some communities that he is 
broadcast twice a day, first "live" and later by transcription. 

This complex broadcasting setup was built up by Lewis* 
business manager, William B. Dolph, former Washington radio-station 
manager, who had an undying faith that Lewis would catch on, Dolph 
now handles everything for Lewis, from buying Mrs, Lewis a new mink 
coat to supervising installation of a sound-proof studio at the farm. 
Dolph sends Lewis around the country on lecture tours to speak before 
service clubs, churgh groups and women's groups. He shows up well 
on the lecture platform and has added many thousands of regular lis¬ 
teners this way. 

Gives Radio Credit For Wide Distribution 0f Good Music 

(Olin Downes in H New York Times**) 

The extended tours the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and 
other musical organizations are making in America are largely due to 
the effects of radio. It is curious to look ba<k upon the conster¬ 
nation that this agency occasioned when first it began to function 
on a big scale. It was going to kill not only the records, but the 
concert life of the country. It was going to give the final touch 
to the mechanizing and reproduction, at the expense of individual 
performance of music. 

Of course, the precise opposite is what has happened. 

Radio, with all its shortcomings and artistic debaucheries, has dis¬ 
tributed music and the love of significant music as nothing else 
could have done. The public wants to hear and to see at first hand 
the individual artists or the famous musical organizations it al¬ 
ready has heard over the air. It is estimated that the interest in 
the concerts of the San Francisco orchestra has been such that its 
tour will largely finance itself, though the figures are not all in. 

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O bserves When Television Is On. Radio la Turned Off 

"TLarry Wolters In "Chicago Tribune 

David Sarnoff, long a leader in radio and television, said 
once "Some day no one will want to listen to a program he can’t see." 
That may be an exaggerated view, for what will pictures add to the 
Gabriel Heatter 6how? Nevertheless, it is already a fact that when 
our favorite television shows are on the air our standard radio is 

The biggest draw on television so far as we are concerned, 
is that incomparable grunt and groan nonsense arranged by Fred 
Kohler at the Midway and Rainbow arenas on Monday and Wednesday 
evenings, respectively. On Monday after 9 P.M, we don’t mind for¬ 
getting about radio and plopping for the "rassling" feature. (We 
hate to call it wrestling.) On Wednesday we find the choice more 

Believes Something Definite To Say As Important As "Voice" 

(Walter Lippmann in ^Washington post") 

Though money for radio broadcasts and printing is needed 
so that the voice of America may be heard in foreign lands, our 
greatest need is to have something definite, clear, and convincing 
for that voice to say. There would be little opposition in Congress 
to an appropriation if it were not for the feeling that the men who 
conduct our propaganda have little to do with the making of our pol¬ 
icy, and that the sales department of the Government is, so to speak, 
writing advertisements about goods for which the production engi¬ 
neers have just begun to make the first blueprints. 

As for the customers abroad, they are undoubtedly confused 
and suspicious, partly no doubt because the rival firm misrepresents 
us but chiefly because we sound so hot and bothered when, as a great 
power, they expect us to be cool and definite. Mr. Benton’s dif¬ 
ficulties with Congress and with the opposition abroad will diminish 
when his chief. Secretary Marshall, has had time to form and to 
organize a concrete American program for the settlement of the war. 

U.S. i-mateur Contacts Wife’s Parents In London 

( rt Sylvania News 1 ^" 

Bob Palmer, key engineer in the development of the 3D24 
transmitting tube is an avid amateur radio fan. His activities on 
the ten meter band over W2GSN paid off recently when he was able to 
contact Mrs. Palmer’s parents in London. The process took about a 
year before he was able to locate a British amateur who lived near 
enough to their residence to permit them to take part in the trans¬ 
atlantic call. Four-year-old Bobby Palmer, who has never seen his 
grandparents, spoke to them for the first time. 


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The inauguration of direct radiotelephone service between 
Brazil and Holland over the facilities of Companhia Radio Intema- 
cional do Brasil, operating affiliate of the International Telephone 
and Telegraph Corporation, took place last week. It marked the first 
time that this service has been available between Rio de Janeiro aid 
Amsterdam over the facilities of the I. T. & T. System. 

Canada’s publicly owned radio system, the Canadian Broad¬ 
casting Corporation, wound up with a deficit of $70,000 and top of¬ 
ficials reported that the 1947-48 deficit would run to $265,000. 

A. B. Dunton, Chairman, and Augustin Frigon, General Man¬ 
ager, told a House of Commons Committee that costs had risen sharply 
while the annual radio license fee remained at $2.50. The income 
from license fees amounted to $3,910,000 and that from commercial 
programs was $1,786,000. 

Expenditures totaled $5,878,000 without any provision for 

Net income of Philco Corporation in the first quarter of 
1947 totaled $1,609,754, after provision of $1,617,900 for Federal 
and State income taxes and $1,300,000 for Inventory reserves, and was 
equivalent to $1.10 per share of common stock after allowing for 
preferred dividends. 

These earnings compare with net income from operations in 
the fourth quarter of 1946, when no provision was made for inventory 
reserves, of $2,072,849 or $1.44 per share of common stock after 
preferred dividends. 

Mrs. Ethel M. Baumgardner, 51 years old, wife of Emil 
Baumgardner, who for the past eight years has been Superintendent for 
the Radio Corporation of America in the Philippines, died last week 
in Manila. Mr, Baumgardner was a prisoner of the Japanese until 
liberated by the American Army Rangers at Cabanatuan, P.I. 

More than 18,000 listeners jammed Madison Square Garden 
last Saturday evening for a special "Guess Who?" broadcast and gala 
party. Included in the audience were 300 patients from Army and 
Navy hospitals in the area. Following the broadcast, seven $100 
bills and a brand new Ford were awarded to lucky listeners. Bert 
Lahr, Frank Fay, Dorothy and Dick Kollmar, Phil Brito and Luba 
Malina played "Guess vTho?" and visual acts entertained the specta¬ 
tors. Sheffield Farms, sponsors of the program which is heard 
Saturdays at 7 P.M. over WOR, decided to hire the Garden because 
7»771 listeners each won two tickets to a broadcast by identifying 
a mystery voice. 

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Establishment of a facsimile newspaper is planned in 
Springfield, Mass, in the near future. As the labor dispute involv¬ 
ing the Springfield newspapers, three mechanical unions and the 
American Newspaper Guild neared the end of its eighth month, with 
two of the four struck newspapers back in publication, Harry Bliven, 
President of Film Group, Inc., industrial motion picture company, 
said a new corporation was being formed to publish the facsimile 

Unlike other facsimile newspapers planned in the country, 
Bliven said, the Springfield paper will be published on a "full-time " 
basis. The company will put its receivers into homes on a monthly 
fee basis, Bliven said. 

The City Investing Company of New York has accepted the 
proposal of the Television Broadcasters 1 Association, Inc., for im¬ 
mediate installation of television antennaes in fourteen apartment 
houses in the greater New York area, as well as the Westchester, 
the largest apartment in Washington, D. C., which it controls and 

The TEA "Interim Plan", submitted to New York realtors 
several weeks ago who had banned television antennaes, permits ten¬ 
ants living inapartraent houses to enjoy a television service if they 
so desire through the temporary installation of a limited number of 
conventional dipoles until such time as a master antenna system, 
capable of feeding a large number of receivers, can be fully devel¬ 
oped, tested and installed. 

Some Washington, D, C. department stores were quick to 
cash in last Saturday with the following notice in their regular 

"See the National Celebrity Golf Tournament on 


Today, beginning at 12:30 P.M. 

In Our Appliance Store, Adjoining the Main Building." 

Norman S. McGee, formerly Assistant Vice President of 
Sales for WXQR, has been appointed Director of Sales for that sta¬ 
tion. Hugh Kendall Boice will continue in an advisory capacity as 
Vice-president in Charge of Sales. 

Daniel R. Creato has been appointed General Attorney for 
the RCA Victor Division, Radio Corporation of America, Mr. Creato 
was formerly Assistant General Counsel, a position he had occupied 
since 1943. Mr. Creato, a graduate of the Temple Law School, became 
associated with the Legal Department of the RCA Manufacturing Com¬ 
pany in March, 1935. 

Lord Inverchapel, British Ambassador to the United States, 
resembles the late Major Bowes, 



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RMA To Spread Self At Chicago Meet - Sarnoff Dinner Speaker,..„.,*1 

No Republican Rumblings Heard Yet On Wakefield Confirmation.2 

"New York Times", Associated press Add Daily Radio Columns...3 

"Juke Box Is Slot Machine Dressed Like A Lady" - Gene Buck* # . „*„. ,4 

Heffernan Elected To RCA Communications Board.,,.,,...,..,.5 

White Radio Hearings Dress Rehearsal For Next Session........*6 

Frank Schreiber Succeeds Capt. Patterson As WGN Director*.6 

Broadcasters Attend RCA Television Engineering Course.7 
Farther Shake-up In Station WOL, Washington. 

Kent Cooper, AP Head, Raps "Voice Of America"..8 

Petrillo May Expel Union Musician Heading House probe.9 
"Television Techniques", A New Book On TV Showmanship...*9 

Admiral Ellery Stone Back Home As Vice-President Of I. T. & T. ...10 
Queen Mary To Select Her Own BBC Birthday Program...............,10 

98, 625 FM Sets; 7,886 Television Receivers Made In April.........11 

Freedom Of Communication Is No. 1 Freedom..............11 

New Type Control Room Designed For Crosley Television. .....12 

FCC Aids Cupid In Long-Distance Marriage Plans......12 

Scissors And Paste.....13 

Trade Notes...............15 

No. 1776 

May 28, 1947 


A thousand industry leaders are expected at the twenty- 
third Radio Manufacturers* Association annual convention, June 10-12 
in Chicago, which will conclude with a gala postwar banquet on 
Thursday evening, June 12. 

"The Outlook for the Radio Industry”, is the subject of 
the banquet address of Brig. Gen. David Samoff, President of the 
Radio Corporation of America, General Sarnoff will be the only speak¬ 
er at the banquet except for an introduction of the new President of 
RMA, following conclusion by president R. C. Cosgrove of three terms 
of service covering the war and also postwar reconversion period. An 
all-star entertainment bill for the banquet guests, following the 
formal program, is being arranged. 

At the RMA annual membership meeting and luncheon on Thurs¬ 
day, June 12, an official guest invited is Chairman Charles R. Denny 
of the Federal Communications Commission. He is now doubtful whether 
he can leave the International Telecommunications Conference at 
Atlantic City but hopes to extend greetings to the industry. 

Three days of intensive business sessions, including meet¬ 
ings of twenty-five RMA Division, Committees and Sections also will 
occur during the annual convention, together with two meetings of the 
Association’s Board of Directors, There will be no exhibits, and 
attendance will be largely of members and guests.. 

Following is the convention program in part: 

Tuesday, June 10 - 

10*00 A.M. - Advertising Committee (Set Division); Amateur 

Radio Committee; Surplus Disposal Committee and 
Speaker Section. 

12;30 p.M, - RMA Committees* Luncheon 
2:00 p.M. - Excise Tax Committee; Engineering Committee on Power 
Transformers; Legislative Advisory Committee and 
Purchase Orders Committee. 

Wednesday, June 11 

10*00 A.M. - Set Division Executive Committee; Tube Division 

Executive Committee; Transmitter Division Executive 
Committee and Section Chairmen; Parts Division 
Executive Committee and Industrial Relations Com¬ 

12:30 P.M. - Luncheon, RMA Board of Directors and Committee 
Members. Address; ”RMA 'Radio-In-Every-Room* 
Promotion”, Fred El dean, of Fred El dean Organiza¬ 
tion, Inc. 

2:00 p.M. - RMA Board of Directors meeting; Credit Committee, 
Export Committee, Industry Statistics Committee; 
School Equipment Committee and Service Committee. 

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Thursday, June 12 - Annual Membership Meetings 

- Set Division; Tube Division; Transmitter Division; 
Parts Division and Amplifier & Sound Equipment 

- Annual RMA Membership Luncheon Meeting 
Official Guest - Hon. Charles R. Denny, Chairman, 
Federal Communications Commission; Address and 
Annual Report, President R. D. Cosgrove 

- New RMA Board of Directors, Election of Officers 
and Reorganization; Traffic Committee 

- RMA Industry Banquet; Address - ”The Outlook For 
the Radio Industry”, Brig. Gen, David Samoff, 
President, Radio Corporation of America 

RMA Convention Golf Tournament - Radio Industries Golf Club 
of Chicago, Calumet Country Club. 

As an added unscheduled convention feature, H. C. Bonfig 
has called attention to the fact that June 10th, the opening night 
of the convention, is also the date on which the Chicag o Tribune 
is celebrating its centennial with what is advertised as the great¬ 
est display of fireworks that has ever been put on in this country. 
This display will be made on Northerly Island which is visible from 
the f ront windows of the Stevens Hotel, RMA convention headquarters. 



If there is to be Republican opposition to the nomination 
of Ray C. Wakefield, a Republican from California, for another seven 
year term as Federal Communications Commissioner, the office of the 
Senate Interstate Commerce Committee, which is to pass upon the 
nomination and has now had his name before them for a week, hasn’t 
heard about it. In face, the Senate Committee office appeared to 
regard the nomination as routine. 

It had been reported in certain quarters that Commissioner 
Wakefield’s voting record had not met with the approval of the Rep¬ 
ublican National Committee and that Carroll Reece, the Chairman, had 
complained of the absence of ’’stalwart Republicans” on the FCC. Mr. 
Wakefield, nevertheless, has the backing of Senator John R. Knowland, 
California and Republican member of the California delegation. 

As a rule, the FCC nominations have been tardy, especially 
in President Roosevelt’s time. However, President Truman sprang a 
surprise in sending up Wakefield's name six weeks ahead of time as 
his term does not expire until July 1st. 

As yet no date has been set by the Senate Committee to 
consider the nomination. 


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The New York Times has added a daily radio column, "The 
News of Radio" written by Jack Gould, Radio Editor. Heretofore on 
weekdays the Times has simply carried programs and highlights. 

It is reported that the Associated Press will also start a 
new daily radio column, coast-to-coast wire service, w ritten by Mark 
Barron, who formerly did a Broadway column for the AP. 

The following letter was sent to the editor of the New York 
T imes last week by David Samoff, President of the Radio Corporation 
of America, praising the Time s 1 radio staff: 

"I am reminded by our record of the milestones of radio 
that May 21, 1947, markes the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sunday 
radio page of the New York Times . That date is memorable to veter¬ 
ans of radio. The Times through its pioneering in this field of 
Journalism gave great encouragement to the young and struggling 
radio industry. 

"I am aware that The Times record as a pioneer in recogniz¬ 
ing the value of radio extends back to the early days of wireless, 
in fact, to the turn of the century. For it was this newspaper, 
under t